Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Mediterranean Penguin / El Pingüino Mediterráneo

La version español está después de la primera foto.

THERE IS MUCH unusual wildlife here in and along the Mediterranean Sea. Our neighbors regularly tell us of the dolphins they've seen from their terraces. We've never seen one. Others have seen whales swimming by. Not us. There are Ibex that can be spotted from the highway. We haven't spotted them. And, fortunately, we haven't seen any snakes — Horseshoes, Ladders, or Montpelliers.

But I have no doubt that I am the first to share with you the newly discovered Mediterranean Penguin. I'm so excited!

THE MONK PARAKEET, NOISY BUT ELUSIVE (MONASTIC?)
EL PERICO MONJE, RUIDOSO PERO ELUSIVO (MONÁSTICO?)

HAY MUCHA FAUNA silvestre inusual aquí en lo largo del Mar Mediterráneo. Nuestros vecinos regularmente nos dicen de los delfines que han visto desde sus terrazas. Nunca hemos visto uno. Otros han visto ballenas nadando. Nosotros, no. Hay ibices que pueden ser vistos desde la autovia. No los hemos visto. Y, afortunadamente, no hemos visto culebras — de Herredura, de Escalera, o Bastarda.

Pero no tengo ninguna duda de que soy el primero en compartir con vosotros el recién descubierto Pingüino Mediterráneo. ¡Estoy muy emocionado!



THE MEDITERRANEAN PENGUIN, QUIET AND FEARLESS.
EL PINGÜINO MEDITERRÁNEO, TRANQUILO Y VALIENTE.

23 comments:

  1. pix #2 - there is one penguin bent over and the other penguin behind him...is that how all those other penguins got there? (inquiring minds wanna know)

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    1. anne marie:
      Leave it to you to delve into the breeding habits of the Mediterranean Penguin. You know, no one has ever written about it. You could become famous!

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  2. The beach ones seem more fun. So playful!

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  3. LOVE IT, Travel fell in the Mediterranean in Italy a long time ago, and was quickly rescued.

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    1. Debra:
      I saw one being carried off the beach today. I doubt they're endangered but, still, I don't think that should be allowed.

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  5. Penguins on vacation - what fun! So happy and carefree.

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  6. Ha! Love those Mediterranean penguins. But they look like an invasive species.

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    1. Stephen:
      I had thought they were native to the area, but on closer inspection, it appears they're from Asia.

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  7. Bahaha. We never see the whales around here that people see from the beach...although we do see seals quite often. Do you have binoculars? Likely these people are sitting out there for hours with binoculars.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      We have binoculars AND a birding scope. The people who have told us what they've seen don't have either! I would doubt their claims, but a friend of ours who has worked on the Paseo for years says she does see the dolphins fairly often.

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  8. How very colourful and cheery they look such wonderful creatures !

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    1. Heron:
      And so friendly. No fear of humans.

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  9. You are SO funny, Mitchell!! A good way to live. I live with someone very similar.

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    1. Jim:
      You live with someone similar, huh? Does Ron know?

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  10. I wonder if they're migratory?

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I don't know where they go, but they ARE rarely seen in winter.

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  11. I hope you see this comment, as it's on an older post. BUT, I just saw this and wanted to tell you that I had a Quaker parrot (or Monk Parakeet) as a pet once. A real character, that one. He would scream at you: "Don't you poop on me! Don't you do it!" sometimes. Hahaha! They learn to say what they hear, you know. He would also say, "You're EVIL!" and "You gotta go pee-pee?" (to the dog). They're something else.

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    1. Hi Jennifer. It's never too late to comment on any post. I always get notified. Parrots and parakeets are so entertaining (and so demanding). We had a Yellow-Naped Amazon parrot for 8-1/2 years. I should write a post about all the things he said and did. He stared right into the eyes of our friend's dog and said "Hello!" The dog was so terrified by the demon that she never went near him again.

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  12. these penguins are quite colorful I like them a lot.

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