The photo tank is getting a bit low, so send in your good wildlife photos, please.
Today we have another batch of lovely penguin photos and videos from reader Peter Klaver. I’ve put his notes and IDs in indents.
Below is a third and last batch of wildlife photos from the holiday in Argentina + Antarctica I had with Rachel. [JAC: I haven’t yet put up the second batch.] As with the previous two submissions, English and Latin names come courtesy of Rachel Wilmoth.
The animals we saw most of in Antarctica were penguins. Most numerous were gentoo penguins, Pygoscelis papua.
We also saw chinstrap penguins, Pygoscelis antarcticus.
The gentoo penguin colonies we saw numbered up to lower hundreds.
We were there in February and there were young.
While these little fluff balls are indisputably cute, like human babies they are highly demanding of their parents’ attention.
When they grow a bit older, they start shedding:
We were told not to go closer to them than 5 meters. But they are not shy and if they walk up to you it’s ok. So you can get Pygoscelis papua in the same shot as Homo sapiens for size.