A recent visit to the Falkland Islands revealed that penguins can fly, or at least some penguins can jump very well! The images today show the rather spectacular efforts of Gentoo Penguins who choose their moment to come ashore, after feeding, very carefully. Their habit is to gather speed as they approach the shoreline and then hurl themselves out of the water onto the beach. Presumably, this is to minimise their exposure to predators as they make the transition from the water, where they are remarkably swift and agile, to land where they are more cumbersome.
I’ll post more images from this adventure at a later date but am currently restrained by VERY limited internet access. ~KD