Two Widowed Penguins Captured Enjoying the Melbourne Skyline Together


Wildlife photographers manage to capture interesting moments of animals and birds, such as this one when two widowed penguins comfort each other as they gaze into night vision.

This is the work of Tobias Baumgaertner, made in the 2019 suburb of Melbourne in the Holy Kilda, but he shared it on Twitter and his own Instagram page just last month. The photo quickly went viral, and Tobias wrote about it:

“During times like this the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most. I captured this moment about a year ago.”

He experienced these two penguins standing on a rock and looking at the sky above Melbourne for hours, very sensitively. A volunteer told him about their lost partners. He explained that the white elderly lady had lost her partner, and apparently this happened to the younger man on the left. After these losses, they regularly gather and comfort one another, standing together for hours and watching the dancing lights of a nearby town.

Capturing these sensitive moments took three full nights and resulted in an incredible image.

Those three full nights with this colony of penguins Tobias spent on more challenges, including permits to use any lights and other tiny penguins that are constantly moving. The Penguins were constantly rubbing their slippers on their backs and cleaning each other, and at one fine moment, Tobias was lucky to take this photo.

After the picture was shared on Twitter, more than 125,000 likes were registered, along with more than 39,000 retweets in a single day.

One of the people following this story commented, “I didn’t plan on crying tonight, but thank you.”

To see photos of the two penguins, you can head to Tobias’ Instagram page, where many other stunning wildlife and nature shots can be seen:

View this post on Instagram

Pinguins Part 2. “… Love is the only game in which we win even when we lose” The way that these two lovebirds were caring for one another stood out from the entire colony. While all the other penguins were sleeping or running around, those two seemed to just stand there and enjoy every second they had together, holding each other in their flippers and talking about penguin stuff. Pain has brought them together (see PART 1). I guess sometimes you find love when you least expect it. It’s a privilege to truly love someone, paradisiacal when they love you back. 📸 @tobiasvisuals • (Even though it is very similar to the previous image I thought it’d be a pity to not share it with you guys) • • —>FOR PRINTS PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO <—

A post shared by Tobias Baumgaertner (@tobiasvisuals) on


Leave a Reply