You’ve Got To Love Penguins

You’ve Got To Love Penguins

There’s something amusing and engaging about penguins. Most people can happily watch their antics for hours. Perhaps because they usually have no predators on land, they are often fearless and inquisitive, and a joy to watch. There’s also a lot of them… 17 different species… though it might seem like there’s more than that, due to the use of local/common names for a single species. All penguin species are found in the southern hemisphere. Here’s a selection of great penguin images from the GlobalEye collection, including my all time favourite at the end…

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King Pengiuin

King penguin abstract capturing the vibrant colours of the plumage on the head and neck.. Photo © Matt Brading.

PENGUIN, King – Aptenodytes patagonicus

King penguins coming ashore on sandy beach, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, Gentoo – Pygoscelis papua

Gentoo penguin on nest next to whale vertebra. Calling from nest showing two eggs and brood patch, Aitcho Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, King – Aptenodytes patagonicus

King penguin colony, large downy chick begging from displaying adult, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, Yelloe-eyed – Megadyptes antipodes

Yellow-eyed penguin, Enderby Island in Auckland Island group of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands. Photo © Andrew Henley.

African penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

African penguin colony at Foxy Beach, South Africa. Photo © Adam Brooker.

African penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

African penguin seeking shade under a bush at Foxy Beach, South Africa. Photo © Adam Brooker.

PENGUIN, King – Aptenodytes patagonicus

King penguins coming ashore on sandy beach, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, Royal – Eudyptes schlegeli

Royal penguins walking from colony across black sand beach, Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island. Photo © Andrew Henley.

Emporer Penguin feeding a chick

Adult emporer penguin regurgitating food for chick. Taken at the Auster Colony, located near Australia’s Mawson Station in Antarctica. Photo © Matt Brading.

PENGUIN, Adelie – Pygoscelis adeliae

Adelie penguin on iceberg. Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © Andrew Henley.

African penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

African penguin with beak agape and wings spread to cool down at Foxy Beach, South Africa. Photo © Adam Brooker.

Yellow Eyed Penguins

Yellow Eyed Penguins on Otago Peninsula. Photo © Mark Eden.

Penguins on parade

Penguins at the Prom walking up the beach at night on the way to their burrows. Photo © Howard Birnstihl.

Three African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)

Three African penguins returning from the ocean at Foxy Bay, South Africa. Photo © Adam Brooker.

PENGUIN, Adelie – Pygoscelis adeliae

Adelie penguin walking through arch on grounded iceberg, Paulet Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, King – Aptenodytes patagonicus

King penguin colony, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. Photo © Andrew Henley.

Kloa Emporer Penguin Colony

Kloa Emporer Penguin Colony. Adults and Chicks assembled on the sea ice at Kloa, west of Australia’s Maswon base, Antarctica. Photo © Matt Brading.

Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin is endemic to the acrhipelago. Is the only penguin to live north of the equator in the wild.Survives due to the cool water of the Humboldt current. Photo © Stephen Banks.

Two Penguins and their shadows on sand

A jackass penguin pair stands to the left with the sun to their back casting shadows onto the sand like a couple in love on Boulders Beach in Simonstown, South Africa.. Photo © Johnny Peacock.

Two Emperor Penguins

The penguin encounter at the Sea World Australia is really a place to see. The amazing animal are so close you could almost touch them.. Photo © Jukka Heinovirta.

PENGUIN, Gentoo – Pygoscelis papua

Gentoo penguin surfacing, Plenau Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © Andrew Henley.

PENGUIN, Royal – Eudyptes schlegeli

Royal penguin jumping across narrow water channel, Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island. Photo © Andrew Henley.

Lusitania Bay, Macquarie Island 2

The massive king Penguin colony at Lusitania Bay on Macquarie Island, home to some 2 million+ pairs of birds. 2. Photo © Matt Brading.

I hope you enjoyed this selection. The last image of “Lusitania Bay, Macquarie island” is my favourite. When I was there, it was home to over 2 million breeding pairs and I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world. Its a location that permanently imprints itself on your memory…the sight of birds as far as you can see, the noise that never lets up, the smell so thick you could taste it for days afterwards… and yet I can think of nothing I’d like to do more than find a rock in the middle of it all and watch it all for a few hours!

This photo selection was prepared by Matt Brading. You can view more photography from Matt here.

Macquarie Island Albatross


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