Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



Penguins are social birds. Many species feed, swim and nest in groups. During the breeding season, some species form large groups, or “rookeries”, that include thousands of penguins. Each penguin has a distinct call, allowing individuals to find their mate and their chicks even in large groups.

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The above photos were taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.  They feature the Emperor Penguin, which is the largest community of penguins.

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  1. I have always thought penguins were special. Great post.

  2. Wonderful community photo gallery Francine. Hope you have a lovely Christmas season with those you love.

  3. Wonderful photos..Francine!

  4. beautiful pictures Francine! Have a blessed Sunday!

  5. Great idea for the challenge, Francine. Lovely penguin photos. 🙂

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  7. Penguins are the ultimate example of community, So faithful to family too! I love them 🙂

  8. Fantastic pictures Francine.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  9. Lovely post!
    “Each penguin has a distinct call,
    allowing individuals to find their mate and their chicks even in large groups.”
    That’s amazing!

  10. What a great response for the challenge, Francine. Penguins are the ultimate community dwellers. Well done

  11. that really is a great community 🙂

  12. LOVE those penguins … and Francine the most divine penguin music is this one … by Australian composer Nigel Westlake … from his Antarctica Suite, and called Penguin Circus … this is the only version I can find online, played by a school group 🙂

  13. That’s the perfect community! 🙂 Brilliant choice for the challenge, Francine! Happy Sunday, my dear! 🙂

  14. Penguins are adorable creatures. 🙂

  15. Awww … I’ve always thought that penguins were adorable because of their tuxedo look. Perfect photos for the challenge.

  16. Love the video – how funny!! Good choice for th echallenge.

  17. These animals are amazing. We watched a documentary on them and we saw how the whole community huddles together to keep warm on the coldest days of the winter season. They show us what community really means.

  18. You’ve captured their personality so well Francine ★

  19. Hi Francine! I’m back. 🙂 AND, I love the photos. Great idea for “community.” Ahhh… you inspire me. 🙂

  20. Their community always said “keep in touch ” …. 🙂 Nice post Francine

  21. Penguins are just the coolest! (No pun intended.)

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