I have been informed that I did not give enough penguin love during Penguin Appreciation Day. Alas, as I have prior obligations, I will be lacking in Squirrel Appreciation, as well.
One of my favorite penguins is a crested penguin (Genus Eudyptes) known as the Northern Rockhopper.
Originally grouped as one species, the Rockhoppers are now known to be at least two (and may be three) distinct species. Unlike the Southern Rockhoppers, the Northerns have much more fringe on their crests, and breed almost exclusively on Gough Island,Tristan, and the aptly named Inaccessible Island, both in basically the middle of nowhere (right in the center between the southernmost points of Africa and South America).
All rockhoppers are adept at fish catching and rounding up small krill, but the northern rockhopper is especially keen on squid and octopus. The intelligence, camouflage, and speed of the cephalopod species in their range makes this a curious phenomena - there are several species of fish that would probably be easier to catch - but the predilection towards cephalopod meat is especially strong in this species.
Rockhoppers have much less trouble navigating overland than their Antarctic counterparts. Instead of belly-sliding and waddling, they are adept at jumping on and around rocky ledges, though ice can still prove a challenge for them.
Traviés dans le dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle. Charles d'Orbigny, 1867.
African penguins are not as iconic as emperor penguins, nor are they as flamboyant as the southern rockhopper penguin (but what is, am I right?). Still, their style is understated, their sense of community is laudable, and dammit, I want one.