Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

From Isabela.

Like other birds, penguins undergo “molting,” where they shed their feathers, though penguins tend to lose them all at once, or in large patches, resulting in a rather scruffy appearance like this guy.

Galápagos penguins molt once or twice a year, and it takes a couple of weeks on average each time.  During the molt they avoid going in the water since they don’t have their nice waterproof feathers for warmth and protection.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

 

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