Adelie penguins

Pygoscelis adeliae

 

For images, click on thumbnail to enlarge (all photographs © Sean K. Todd 2000, use by permission only)



Adelie adult


Adelie adult


toboganning Adelie adult


Adult Adelie with non-fledged chick

Adelie adult

 

Adelie adult

Group of Adelies resting on an ice pan

 

The Adelie penguin is the southernmost breeder of the three Pygoscelian species, and has a circumpolar distribution: it is probably the best cold-adapted species of the genus. It is easily recognized by an all-black head and a white eye ring. Recent increases in the Adelie population may be associated with the reduction of whale populations by hunting in the 19th and early 20th century, making more krill available for the birds. Adelie penguins are among the first penguin species to disperse following breeding, and thus tend to nest low on the beachhead (Hosking and Sage 1982). Most of the below shots were taken at Brown Bluff, 63°31'S, 56°52'W, Petermann Island, 65°11'S, 64°08'W, and the island of Porquoi Pas, 67°43'S, 67°45'W (see map).

 

Adelie penguin (adult). Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 100ASA

Adelie penguin (adult). Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 100ASA

Tobogganing Adelie adult; toboganning is a surprisingly efficient method of locomotion when on pack ice. Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 100ASA

Adult Adelie with fledging chick. Moulting chicks tend to be inactive, waiting to lose their down and gain the waterproof feathers they will use for insulation. Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 50ASA

Adelie penguin (adult). Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 50ASA

Adelie penguin (adult). Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Fujichrome 50ASA

 

Group of Adelies resting on an ice pan. Nikon F3AF with 300mm Nikkor Lens, Ektachrome 200ASA