Unbelievable that this small Cape Rock Hyrax belongs to the African Elephant family!
Watch the Penguin VIDEO near the end of this post!
We arrived home late yesterday from our visit to Stony Point Nature Reserve and it was too late to upload any videos in yesterday's post. So I decided to also include a video for you here in today's post.
Penguin's have very short legs and it was amazing to see how they hop over the rocky terrain, but the video is about them going for a swim.
There are also many other kinds of animals and birds in the reserve and I will show you a few here.
Also keep an eye out for the penguins nesting habits here below.
Let's take a walk!
Not named Stony Point for nothing, had it not been for the wooden walkway, we would not have been able to walk in this rough terrain!
But of course it is also a haven for the African Penguins!
Like I said, it is rocky and rough, especially with a strong cold wind and agitated waves crashing into the rocks!
Here is another little Rock Hyrax, known as a "Dassie" in Afrikaans and also as a Rock Rabbit!
But now, how is this little guy related to a huge Elephant?
"A Dassie is considered to be the closest living relative of the largest land mammal, the African Elephant, and also of the Manatee (Sea Cow) and the Dugong (also a type of sea cow).
The most convincing evidence for these relationships is based on DNA".
Penguins and Cormorants also share the reserve, as Cormorants don't eat the Penguins eggs!
Many Cormorants on the rocks with a Penguin dancing in the water below!
You can see the close relationship between the Penguins and the Cormorants!
A Penguin on her nest playing peek-a-boo with us. Note the man made shell that serves as a nest!
Some Penguins nest in man made apartments Lol, and others dig holes under the bushes in the area.
If a hole is occupied, a guy stands watch outside at the entrance!
Hey, this "watchman" needs to be fired, as he is asleep on his feet. Lol.
There used to be a whaling factory here in Betty's Bay and this was either a look out spot, or a light tower!
Here is the history of the tower above that is situated right at the tip of the bay!
Now for the VIDEO below!
Hope that you enjoyed the short show!
Stony Point itself and it's wild residents are also a sketching or painting artists dream.
We saw a few of these ladies doing their thing to the multiple sounds of the sea and nature!
There was another artist doing her thing!
And That's All Folks!
A wonderful outing with so much to see that it would take 10 posts to show you everything. I have decided to make this the last post that focusses mainly on the African Penguins as they are such cute little critters.
Kudos to the people at Cape Nature that take care of the animals, and also to the universities that do regular studies here at Stony Point, for the benefit of the animals.
Maybe one day the Penguin population will be restored and removed from the danger list.
Just a note here, I am thinking of doing some ocean scenes tomorrow and here is a sample below.
A Tern in the wall of a huge wave. Hope that you will also like the post!
We hope that you have enjoyed the pictures and the video, and thank you for visiting a post by @papilloncharity