They are cute because they are awkward but still think they can walk around in tuxedos all day. Who do they think they are, James Bond? No, they are penguins, and they always make for great photos. On my various trips I have encountered four types of penguins while in Antarctica: chinstrap penguins, gentoo penguins, my personal favourite adelie penguins, Emperor, and a brief Macaroni. During my first to Antarctica, I took nearly 800 penguin pictures. Over the years, I’ve probably taken thousands.
This photo essay on penguins features mostly images from my first trip back in 2011.
We saw by far more Gentoo Penguins than any others. They are very entertaining because they are constantly active and posing for pictures.
Once you see them, you understand where their name comes from. They were the laziest of the penguins, and didn’t move much which made them great targets for close-ups.
Maybe it’s because we saw the fewest of these, or maybe it’s their bright blue eyes, but these little guys were my favourites.
It’s really rare to see Emperor Penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula – where I’ve spent most of my time.
However, on my most recent photography workshop, we did see one both in the water and on a piece of ice. Apparently, when you see emperors on the peninsula it’s a young one just out on a jaunt of exploration.
I’ve only seen a Macaroni Penguin once, and it was a fleeting moment. These are perhaps the most interesting looking penguins. They have almost a cartoon-like set of eyebrows. They are very interesting looking.
I’d love to get a photo of one. However, I just didn’t have any luck when we spotted ours.
More From Antarctica?
I’m in Antarctica every other year or so leading photography workshops. So, there will definitely be more to come from Antarctica on this blog and over on my YouTube channel in the time to come.