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March 29th 2011
Published: March 29th 2011
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HUT POINT/MCMURDO

ROSS ISLAND, ANTARCTICA

With our winter setting in, and the sea ice beggining to form, the penguins around Mcmurdo/Scott Base will soon walk, slide and swim to other places, the Emperors with their shiny new coats of feathers will head SE to their rookeries, to breed all through the polar winter, in horrific weather (for a human anyway). What Natures' purpose in this ritual is I dont know, survival of the fittest maybe? The smaller, knee high animated Adeleis breed over the summer, complete their molt and head North to warmer climes, out to sea, to the edge of the winter ice pack, to stuff their little faces in preparation for the next breeding season.
After a summer of very few penguins, the sea ice blew out, and suddenly we were awash with them! They are fun to watch and hear, they bring life and humor to a place thats often devoid of both.

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hanging with pengyshanging with pengys
hanging with pengys

me and the Emperors, Jan 2011, Ross Ice Shelf
Belly boarding!!!Belly boarding!!!
Belly boarding!!!

get ready -get set-Go!
EPEP
EP

Emperor penguin in moulting stage, Pegasus Ice road, Antarctica feb/2011
aint she cuteaint she cute
aint she cute

moulting Adelie penguin, Mcmurdo Station Ant.
pegasus road gawkerspegasus road gawkers
pegasus road gawkers

emperor penguins along the road
EP1EP1
EP1

emperor saying hello, or get out of my face?
seals and penguinsseals and penguins
seals and penguins

penguin pool party/scott base Antarctica
belly slidin....belly slidin....
belly slidin....

a much faster way to travel -fill your lungs and slide along.
pengy mohawk?pengy mohawk?
pengy mohawk?

shedding the summer coat for the new winter one.
iced up!iced up!
iced up!

adelies huddle up in high winds and blowing snow-they can have it!!
aaaargggh!!!!aaaargggh!!!!
aaaargggh!!!!

penguins are not always nice! esp when the kids dont behave!
adelieadelie
adelie

fluffing up in the snow and sun, hut point antarctica
Mt Erebus /EmperorMt Erebus /Emperor
Mt Erebus /Emperor

IR exposure Jan 2011
Im so awesome!Im so awesome!
Im so awesome!

penguin in repose
EP2EP2
EP2

paul shows off his new penguin speedos.....
EP3EP3
EP3

penguin hobos
EP4EP4
EP4

happy feet!
porky slides home...porky slides home...
porky slides home...

moving down the road belly sliding--about 1 mph


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