Looking as cute as any baby bird
can, penguin chicks of this age are food processing machines. With
a relatively late start to the season compared to many other birds
and the need to leave early before it begins to get cold with the
threat of sea-ice arriving, Antarctic animals have to grow fast
This shot taken with only a moderate
telephoto lens shows how close you can get to the nest without disturbing
the penguins or chicks. This was taken on Signy Island part of the
South Orkneys group when the only humans that the wildlife encountered
were occasional scientists who lived at the scientific base elsewhere
on the island. Increasing tourist pressure on certain regions of
Antarctica, particularly around the Antarctic Peninsula mean that
for many people who visit the Antarctic, it is not possible to take
such pictures. If the tourists that visited were allowed to get
this close to the wildlife on a regular basis, the wildlife would
soon up sticks and disappear.
Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
100mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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