The parent of these two chicks made an unusual foraging trip around the island in June when they the chicks were much smaller and about two weeks old. This photo of the chicks was taken in late August. Below is the foraging track their mother made around the island, 29 June 2012 when they were around two weeks old.
The African Penguin Chick Bolstering Project (APCBP) continued this year researching where juvenile penguins go. In June, three juvenile penguins from Robben Island and three hand-raised chicks from SANCCOB were equipped with satellite transmitters. PenguinWatch reports they had track data going to St. Helena Bay, south of Hondeklip Bay, the Orange River mouth and into Namibian waters. See the older PenguinWatch posts for maps showing where they went. Pinky, Green-foot and Blue are the Robben Island juveniles. There is no way to know if the chicks fledgling recently from Robben in September/October have headed in the same direction but we wish them well on their first journeys at sea!
A juvenile African penguin coming ashore at Robben courtesy of Greg Campbell.