24 Photos - Oct 12, 2011
Photo: Galapagos penguin, BartolomePhoto: Magellanic penguins, coming ashore on a sandy beach.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceansPhoto: Galapagos penguin, underwater, swimming.  Bartolome Island.Photo: Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.Photo: Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceansPhoto: Gentoo penguin colony, set above and inland from the ocean on flat grasslands.  Individual nests are formed of small rocks collected by the penguins.Photo: Gentoo penguin coming ashore, after foraging at sea, walking through ocean water as it wades onto a sand beach.  Adult gentoo penguins grow to be 30" and 19lb in size.  They feed on fish and crustaceans.  Gentoo penguins reside in colonies well inland from the ocean, often formed of a circular collection of stones gathered by the penguins.Photo: Gentoo penguins coming ashore, after foraging at sea, walking through ocean water as it wades onto a sand beach.  Adult gentoo penguins grow to be 30" and 19lb in size.  They feed on fish and crustaceans.  Gentoo penguins reside in colonies well inland from the ocean, often formed of a circular collection of stones gathered by the penguins.Photo: Western rockhopper penguin, standing atop tussock grass near a rookery of black-browed albatross.Photo: Magellanic penguins walk through tussock grass, on their way to their burrows after foraging at sea all day.Photo: King penguin colony, Right Whale Bay, South Georgia Island.  Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest on South Georgia Island each summer.Photo: King penguin colony. Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest at Salisbury Plain, laying eggs in December and February, then alternating roles between foraging for food and caring for the egg or chick.Photo: Macaroni penguins, on the rocky shoreline of Hercules Bay, South Georgia Island.  One of the crested penguin species, the macaroni penguin bears a distinctive yellow crest on its head.  They grow to be about 12 lb and 28" high.  Macaroni penguins eat primarily krill and other crustaceans, small fishes and cephalopods.Photo: Oakum boys, juvenile king penguins at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island.  Named 'oakum boys' by sailors for the resemblance of their brown fluffy plumage to the color of oakum used to caulk timbers on sailing ships, these year-old penguins will soon shed their fluffy brown plumage and adopt the colors of an adult.Photo: King penguin colony and the Bay of Isles on the northern coast of South Georgia Island.  Over 100,000 nesting pairs of king penguins reside here.  Dark patches in the colony are groups of juveniles with fluffy brown plumage.  The icebreaker M/V Polar Star lies at anchor.Photo: King penguin colony. Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest at Salisbury Plain, laying eggs in December and February, then alternating roles between foraging for food and caring for the egg or chick.Photo: King penguin, showing ornate and distinctive neck, breast and head plumage and orange beak.Photo: Gentoo penguin walking through tall grass.Photo: A curious Adelie penguin, standing at the edge of an iceberg, looks over the photographer.Photo: Adelie penguin.Photo: Adelie penguins at the nest, part of the large nesting colony of penguins that resides along the lower slopes of Devil Island.Photo: Chinstrap penguins at Bailey Head, Deception Island.  Chinstrap penguins enter and exit the surf on the black sand beach at Bailey Head on Deception Island.  Bailey Head is home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the world.Photo: Gentoo penguin, adult feeding one of its two chicks.  The food is likely composed of crustaceans and krill.Photo: Adelie penguins on drifting iceberg, near Paulet Island, Antarctic Peninsula