March of the emperor penguins from the edge of the sea-ice
to a breeding colony in Antarctica.
Emperor penguins breed almost exclusively on sea
ice and so are perhaps the only species of bird that never sets foot
They begin their breeding cycle when other Antarctic
penguins have finished theirs, at the end of April to May. Other smaller
penguins at this time head north away from the encroaching winter while
the Emperors head south into it. They seem to choose very dramatic sites,
a large flat area where they can waddle when carrying their egg or chick
on their feet surrounded by high ice cliffs or icebergs that help to
give a little shelter from the winds.
This picture by Jerome Maison. © 2005
Bonne Pioche Productions / Alliance De Production Cinematographique.
From the Warner Brothers film The March of the Penguins used here
by permission of
Warner Bros - March of the
Picture book of the movie