Adelie Penguins in the snow – Antarctica, 2020

Adelie Penguins in the snow. The Adelie penguins in the colonies on Yalour Islands can be filthy. In this film they are returning from a fishing expedition and so are nice and clean. They are making their way from the sea across the snow to the colonies perched high up on the exposed rocks. The Yalour Islands are very beautiful, but quiet they are not: the calls of the penguins reverberate around the islands.

The Yalour Islands and rocks are some 2.8 km in extent in the southern part of the Wilhelm Archipelago on the Antarctic Peninsula. It is a stunningly beautiful part of the peninsula. They contain several colonies of breeding Adelie Penguins. Adelie Penguins can be seen sitting on eggs, feeding chicks and generally being boisterous. They are feisty birds and love a good punch up (see my film of fighting Adelie penguins:

Adelie penguins are perhaps everyone’s idea of the archetypal penguin with its black and white plumage and conspicuous white eye ring. Adelie penguins stand up to 70cm tall and weigh up to 8kg. Along with the Emperor Penguin it is the most southerly distributed of all the penguins and is found along the entire coast of Antarctica. They lay two eggs which are incubated for 32-37 days and the chicks fledge after 41-64 days. Both adults incubate and feed the chicks which after 2-3 weeks join creches which allows both parents to to feed.