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Chinstrap Penguins

Chinstrap Penguins are widely distributed in Antarctica. We saw them on Elephant Island, Deception Island and Livingstone Island.

Cape Wild, Elephant Island

Chinstrap Penguins off Cape Wild Chinstrap Penguins leap out of the water like a school of dolphins.

Cape Lookout, Elephant Island

Chinstrap Penguin  at Cape Lookout Chinstrap Penguins are easily distinguished by the narrow black stripe under the white face.

Chinstrap Penguin rookery at Cape Lookout The Chinstrap Penguin rookery is thickly coated in pink penguin guano. The constant dampness supports a thick, old fish market kind of odor.

Chinstrap Penguin at Cape Lookout Dirty Chinstrap Penguins are constantly waddling into the water as clean penguins haul themselves onto land along the spit.

Chinstrap Penguin at Cape Lookout The air is filled with the constant display cries of male penguins looking for mates.

Hear the sound Hear the Chinstrap Penguins.

Chinstrap Penguins at Cape Lookout "I don't know. Where do you want to go for dinner?"

Chinstrap Penguin Chick at Cape Lookout Chinstrap Penguin chicks sit waiting patiently for their parents to return with food.

Chinstrap Penguin feeding its chick at Cape Lookout Chick feeding is a constant operation in the rookery. The gray chicks tickle the beaks of the adults to trigger a regurgitation of the krill stored in their crops. It is possible to see the pink, shrimp-like crustaceans come up into the mouths of the adults before the chicks reach in to grab them. Krill grow to be nearly two inches long, and large krill wouldn't look out of place on a cocktail shrimp platter.

Chinstrap Penguin Chicks at Cape Lookout The downy chicks accumulate a crust of guano on the lower parts of their bodies.

Chinstrap Penguin Chicks at Cape Lookout The Chinstrap Penguin chicks rest their heads behind their wings as they napped.

Chinstrap Penguin rookery at Cape Lookout The penguins pay scant attention to the Zodiacs cruising through the strait.

Chinstrap Penguins at Cape Lookout The flat areas near the rocky outcrop are covered in penguins. Other penguins have to climb to higher ground to find a place to raise their chicks.

Chinstrap Penguin rookery at Cape Lookout Some of them climb several hundred feet up the slope to find their chicks.

Chinstrap Penguin rookery at Cape Lookout It must take hours for some of them to climb up to their chicks on the mountainside above the cape.

Chinstrap Penguins at Cape Lookout Sheathbills perch on a high point, keeping an eye out for an opportunity to get some food.

Deception Island

Chinstrap Penguin at Whalers Bay, Deception Island A lone Chinstrap Penguin standing on the shore of Whaler's Bay on Deception Island. The rookeries are all on the perimeter of the island. Penguins don't rook inside Port Foster because they need direct access to the open ocean.

Livingstone Island

Penguin Rookery at Hannah Point Both Gentoo Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins rook at Hannah Point on Livingstone Island. Their colonies are right next to each other, but they do not mix with each other very much.

Chinstrap Penguin Rookery at Hannah Point The Chinstrap Penguin rookery is much messier than the Gentoo Penguin rookery.

Chinstrap Penguin at Hannah Point Chinstrap Penguins advertise their availability for mating by flapping their wings and singing at the sky.

Hear the sound Hear the Chinstrap Penguins.

Chinstrap Penguin at Hannah Point Adult Chinstrap Penguin.

Chinstrap Penguin Chick at Hannah Point The Chinstrap Penguin Chicks accumulate a coating of guano as they sit around the rookery waiting for their parents to return from feeding at sea.

Chinstrap Penguins at Hannah Point There are occasional disagreements over territory between the adult penguins.

Chinstrap Penguin Chicks at Hannah Point The pairs of chicks beg the adult penguins to cough up some lunch.

Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins arguing at Hannah Point A Chinstrap Penguin and a Gentoo Penguin encounter each other at the boundary between the rookeries.

Background information about the Chinstrap Penguin.

Table of Contents Penguin index page.



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