Penguin outing : Betty’s Bay – 4 February 2012
The penguin outing on Saturday was very informative and hopefully enjoyed by everyone!
Although it was windy, the children learned so much. Cuan gave us an interesting history of Stony Point, why the colony of penguins settled there, what threats there are for the penguins and what good work is being done. He showed us penguin eggs and the skull of a penguin and demonstrated what penguins feed on with its sharp hooked beak.
ECO-Rangers and parents listening to an informative talk on penguins
After the talk we walked onto the boardwalk into the colony and looked at the penguins that were mostly standing at the waters edge for their 21 day molt. We plan to come back in March when the chicks are born. We want to give our ECO-Rangers the opportunity to do a penguin observation on one or two nests. We also want to visit SANCCOB in Cape Town in winter. This is where any penguins or other birds are taken if they have been exposed to oil. Here the children will be able to see how birds are cleaned and handled.
African penguins preparing for the coming nesting season.