King Penguin Pair Holding "Hands"
On the pebbled beach of Maquarie Island, I watched this courting couple for an hour. They deliberately "held flippers" or wings as they gaze to the sea--and into their own future?
King Penguins and the Colors of Life
Startling colors of the sea on Maquarie Island--half way to Antarctica--harmonize with the orange on the King Penguins!
King penguins on South Georgia Island frame a stunning mountain view.
King penguins--reaching skyward like living flames. King penguins gather in huge colonies, and huddle in active, swirling, energetic groups. Here a pair reaches skyward, beaks entwined. Let your spirit burn brightly in fiery passion. How to stand out in a crowd!
King penguins courting in a colony group--a play of patterns, colors, and beautiful attitudes.
King Penguins in the final gestures of courtship: the male wraps his head tenderly around the neck and head of his mate. In this posture, they will shuffle in a circle--often preliminary to mating. So beautiful and tender.
King Penguin Splashing
Splish-splash, I was taking a bath!
King Penguin and the Spirit of the Sea
A mystical face appears in the waves of the sea around Maquarie Island. Can you make it out--chin, mouth, nose, eyes, forehead, hair? Just to the right and above the swimming penguin.
King Penguin Porpoises
King Penguins do not often get all the way out of the water!
A Royal Hello
A Royal Penguin--found only on Maquarie Island, comes in close to say "hi"! It actually nibbled at the camera lens. Really wonderful, curious penguins.
A Royal (Penguin) Greeting
A royal greeting party--these curious penguins gathered around me to check us out! I love Royal Penguins!
Stunningly beautiful crests on this Royal Penguin Pair--and such sweet devotion and intimacy!
The chick--all belly--is just days old. It can hardly hold its head up.
Royal Parent 2
Such tender care for a newly hatched chick.
Royal Parent 3
Beak to beak is royal penguin kiss!
Royal Pengin Portrait
A curious penguin approaches to check me out.
Stately Royal Penguins
Standing tall, looking forward.
Erect-crested Penguin on Mossy Rocks
You can find these beautiful penguins only on the tiny islands of Boutny and Antipodes, subantarctic islands of New Zealand.
The Erect-crested Penguin is the only penguin species which can raise and lower its crest. It has total control of the crest!
Erect-crested Penguins--one crest up, one down!
The Hardest Penguin of Them All
It was raining that day, and we have stories to tell about find these lovely penguins!
Magellanic penguins at sunrise, heading out for an early bath, or maybe breakfast.
Magellanic penguins preening at their burrow on Isla Magdalena, Straits of Magellan.
Macaroni penguins--this group is returning from the sea, and coming right at you!
Macaroni Penguins--These four have just returned to South Georgia Island after spending the entire winter at sea in the Southern Ocean! Why are they called "macaroni"--because early whalers named them after "Yankees" who dressed fancy: They were "Italianate" and called "macaroni." Like these birds with their head feathers: "Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony. Stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni."
Gentoo penguins take over big sections of land, sometimes well inland, to make their nesting colonies. This is uncharacteristically picturesque--a newly moved and situated colony on Pebble Island.
king penguinmountain viewSouth Georgia Island