Arctic Animals

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Penguins are among nature’s most endearing birds with their comical waddle and inquisitive nature. We simply can’t help but anthropomorphise these delightful creatures once we see their cheeky antics. But BBC1’s recent series’Penguins: Spy in the Huddle’ has been revealing that in fact they’re surprisingly like us in many ways.

Having been lucky enough to walk among numerous penguin colonies in Antarctica and Chile, I have loved watching the distinctive perspectives from’Eggcam’ and various other carefully disguised camera equipment in this series capturing the partnerships between the birds, which mate for life.

The seabird that picked up the egg-shaped camera and flew across the rookery of Humboldt penguins unsuspectingly gave us a spectacular birds-eye view unlike any other, and surely a first for wildlife filming of penguins. Although I have seen many of these birds in real life and watched them shout beyond my toes on their way to the sea to catch fish, this up-close view of these is just wonderful. And indeed it’s fascinating to see their behaviour when they believe they are’alone’!

To your own close encounter with them, there are a variety of places to head to. There are even penguins on the Equator in the Galapagos Islands!

Of course however, when one thinks of penguins, they’re usually in a much colder surroundings. The greatest wildlife experience is an expedition cruise down south to Antarctica for the perfect opportunity to see many species of penguins. Take a longer excursion that includes not only the Antarctic Peninsula but also the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This may reward not just with a sighting of the acrobatic rockhopper penguins with their vibrant yellow brows from the Falkland Islands, but also of a huge colony of King penguins, second only in size to their cousins, the Emperors, on South Georgia.

Emperor penguins with their beautiful plumage and dramatic trials to increase their young chicks in the harshest of winter conditions are perhaps the most intriguing of these critters, not least because they tend to be located in the most inhospitable and inaccessible places on the White Continent itself. However, you also can marvel at these stunning penguins from a site on the Antarctic Peninsula accessed from the South American mainland. Fly in from your ship moored in the Weddell Sea by helicopter and spend a few days in a distant rookery seeing the girls and their moms at Snow Hill. Wherever you wish to go to find penguins and whatever species you want to spot, you can make your fantasies a reality.

Adventures to Antarctica are an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife on this interesting continent. Or, if you are looking for penguins, South America is also an alternative. We organise the most amazing adventure vacations to both Antarctica & South America.

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