Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Even more penguins

Last Saturday, it was so nice out that we canceled the station meeting had a slightly shorter station meeting focusing on safety and rushed through Housemouse did a clean and efficient, but expedited Housemouse so that we could all get off work and get out and enjoy the weather. Eight of us piled into an over-loaded zodiac and headed out to one of the closer islands, where we found . . .

MORE PENGUINS!

A new sort of penguin, even. Mostly Adelie penguins, as opposed to the Gentoo penguins that we've seen so far. Adelies are just a touch smaller, and Gentoos are a bit more bold, and have the bright orange beak and feet. Adelies have the little white eye ring, as you can see.

So, without further ado, PHOTOSPAMMING! Most of these are fantastically sharp, I was tempted to upload the native res images, but we're pretty limited on bandwidth. Still, though, view these at full res, even shrunk down with aggressive compression, they look very good, so click on them!

























We saw these next guys just after they'd gotten out of the water. They all stand there for like twenty minutes preening their feathers/fur after then get out, it's pretty funny to watch, like a little penguin preening session. It's pretty clear that these guys don't have any land-based predators. They were completely unconcerned with us less then 30 feet away, just took there sorting their feathers out, then waddling right by us, less then 10 feet away with barely a glance in our direction.

















Strangely enough, in this whole group of Adelies, there was this one lone Gentoo penguin.







Okay, that's enough for now. Maybe tomorrow I'll post some of my nice boring landscapes/icescapes/waterscapes, instead of cute silly amianls.

1 comment:

wiinterrr said...

Thank you so much for sharing these... I'm going to post a link to this entry on my own blog. You simply take the most marvelous penguin pictures.... :P

Take care!
wiinterrr