The Bird’s Word Blog
Antarctic Tours: A Bevy of Penguins in the Falkland Islands
July 28, 2016
There are a lot of king penguins nesting in the Falkland Islands that make up two large colonies. You can get close to them, but as you can see in the photo above there is a line of white rocks that you can’t cross.
This boundary is to protect the birds and avoid disturbing them. If disturbed, they may let go of an egg they are incubating, and it would never hatch.
King Penguins breed over a long period, so the colony has eggs and chicks, many of which have molted and are nearly ready to fend for themselves. By comparison, other penguin species breed in a shorter period so the chicks mostly hatch in a very short time, just within two or three weeks.
Penguins are communal—some of the chicks were old enough to be in “crèches” where a few adult birds supervise the little ones and both parents go fishing.
When they are older (the ones in the photos that have molted their baby fuzz), they still rely on adults for food, so they don’t venture into the water much. In these images, you can see them taking a walk on the beach.
Penetrate Antarctic waters and ice on our numerous
Antarctica cruise voyages from September to March.
View thousands of penguins, enormous turquoise icebergs, humpback whales feeding on krill, and the endless sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica.