are more Adelie penguins than any other penguin
species. They live in the deep south and as
such frequently have to cross many kilometers of
ice still bound to the continent or islands to reach
land in the spring where they can build their nests.
Sometimes they have to travel as much as 100 kilometers,
though usually 20-40 is more usual. A long walk
This pair were early arrivals
in spring at an Antarctic Island near the northern
edge of their breeding range and only had about
half a kilometer to waddle and "toboggan".
Despite appearances, they are most probably not
a mated pair but two males who just happen to be
travelling together for the time being, the
females arrive a little later on.
Tobogganing is a
way of getting around where there is smooth snow
or ice. The penguin lies on its stomach and propels
itself along using its feet, an efficient use of
energy and one where the penguin can easily keep
up with a running man.
Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
100mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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