A professional photographer managed to snap the sensitive moments of a couple of widowed penguins comforting each other.

Tobias Baumgaertner, was the wildlife photographer who was fortunate enough to capture these moments on his camera. He was lucky enough to enjoy the moments of the two penguins last year. Both of them were comforting each other and enjoying the skyline together.

Even though the photographer captured the photos in St Kilda, a Melbourne suburb, in 2019, he shared them on his Instagram page last month. He added a description saying that both of them had lost the partners and were watching the dancing lights of Melbourne.

The images of the two widowed penguins went viral within a short period on Twitter.


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Tobias stated in his post: “During times like this the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most. I captured this moment about a year ago.

“These two Fairy penguins poised upon a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline were standing there for hours, flipper in flipper, watching the sparkling lights of the skyline and ocean.

“A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner and apparently so did the younger male to the left. Since then they meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.

“I spent three full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture. Between not being able or allowed to use any lights and the tiny penguins continuously moving, rubbing their flippers on each other’s backs and cleaning one another, it was really hard to get a shot but I got lucky during one beautiful moment. I hope you enjoy this moment as much as I did.”

Tobias had a great patience thus he didn’t quit his attitude to capture once in a lifetime shots. The photograph of the penguins reached over 125,000 likes per day and over 39,000 retweets when shared on Twitter with the caption: “Couldn’t stop thinking about these penguins enjoying the Melbourne skyline together so I found the original photographer and apparently they’re BOTH WIDOWED I can’t handle it.”

Check out all his other wildlife photos and the penguin photos on Tobias’ Instagram page. All his photographs are available as prints to order through email or direct message.

The little penguins which are known as Fairy penguins (Eudyptula minor) are the smallest among the penguins. They weigh about 2.2lb (1kg). Their height is about 13 inches (33cm). The male species weigh more than the female ones and the females have a sharper and a thinner beak than the male creatures. Fairy penguins are the only ones with white and blue feathers rather than black and white feathers. However, they too have grey beaks with pink feet.


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The fairy penguins spend most of their lifetime at the sea swimming, feeding and breeding. They live in colonies along the southern coastlines of New Zealand and Australia. Phillip Island which is located in Victoria, Australia is home for about 32,000 breeding adult penguins. These adult penguins return to their nests soon after daily swim and foraging. These penguins breed and raise their chicks and take a break at the sea to molt.

The little penguins do not mate for life like the most of other penguins. The researchers in Phillip Island Nature Parks have recorded about 18% and 50% divorce rates for these little penguins. They go in search of a new mate if one becomes unsuccessful in breeding. The size of the eggs of them are similar to the ones of hens. However, both the parents take turns to protect the eggs over about 35 days.

And also the penguin parents feed their chicks until 7-11 weeks of age. Soon after 11 weeks the penguin chicks leave their parents heading towards the sea.

Source of the information: TheMindUnleashed