Adelie penguins are one of only four penguin species that breed on or near continental Antarctica, and only one of two that are found only there. (The Empereor penguin is the other Antarctica-only penguin.) There's a colony of 750,000 breeding pairs at the Danger Islands, an archipelago of 7 islands and a rock on the northeast side of the Antarctic peninsula. If each breeding pair were successful in raising 2 chicks, that would make the summer population there 3 MILLION Adelies! They need a dry spot for their nests and end up commuting on penguin highways (ruts like the pinkish lines in the snow that get deeper as the season progresses) to get between feeding and bathing in the ocean and their babies (the gray fluffballs) higher on the islands. The pinkish color on the rocks and snow is guano from penguins eating krill, like a small shrimp. Guano from penguins that have been eating primarily fish is white. Penguins without chicks can hang out on the much cleaner ice floes!
When cruising around in small rubber boats in Antarctica🇦🇶 w/ @quarkexpeditions , the goal is to find unique moments to capture📷
Sometimes we find stunning ice floating alone, sometimes we find penguins🐧 resting on regular ice, and sometimes we get lucky🍀 and find penguins on stunning blue ice seemingly admiring their temporary resting spot.
Taken with the Canon 5DMarkiv - 70mm - F7.1 - 1/3200
Penguin preschool! These Adelie penguin chicks are being guarded by a watcher. Once they get big enough both parents need to head out to gather food and leave the chicks in a crèche guarded by just a few adults. I’m hoping I can use some of the penguins parenting tricks for my own approaching fatherhood! 2 months to go!! #adelie#penguin#parents#fluffy#penguinchick#antarctica#fatherhood
2018-02-10 | Thought I’d stimulate the creative half of my brain after another week of stats struggles. #penguins#adelie#chinstrap
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Did you know that it's #Penguin Awareness Day?! 🐧 As with most polar species, penguins are feeling the effects of climate change and facing extinction. Ice melt is changing their breeding grounds and overfishing and ocean acidification is affecting their food sources of fish, squid and krill.
Pictured here is an #Adelie penguin, one of the smallest and most abundant of the #Antarctic species. Photo taken by @ccrespi1 of the #RacingExtinction team