#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Zodiac Cruising - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride.

When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last year, the first thing my four-year nephew asked was “will you bring me back a penguin?”  When I returned, the first thing he asked was “where is my penguin?”  He now, begrudgingly, understands that “Antarctica is their home and taking them away from it would be wrong!”

Everyone loves penguins.

Penguins are so awesome in fact, they not only get their own special day each year to be appreciated and celebrated, they get two days.  Today, 20 January, is the first special penguin day of the year (Penguin Awareness Day) followed up on the 25 April with World Penguin Day.

Everyone loves penguins.

So imagine a world without penguins.  After having the privilege to see them up close and personal in Australia, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica, I can’t imagine it.  So it’s heartening to know days like this raise awareness and there are a number of conservation initiatives in place to protect them.

So to celebrate the awesomeness of penguins all over the world, here are some of my favourites from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.

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Rockhopper Penguins, Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

Half Moon Island

Chinstrap penguins chicks, Half Moon Island, Antarctica

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King Penguin Colony, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

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Chinstrap Penguin, Deception Island, Antarctica

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Feeding Chinstrap Penguin chicks, Half Moon Island, Antarctica

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King Penguins, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

At Sea in South Georgia

Chinstrap Penguin, Antarctica

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Gentoo Penguin, Neko Harbour, Antarctica

Half Moon Island

Chinstrap Penguin chick, Half Moon Island, Antarctica

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Gentoo Penguin, Neko Harbour, Antarctica

 

 

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. Thanks Kellie for your awesome photos and letting us know about Penguin Days. I’ll be letting my penguin-mad friend know about it.

  2. I love penguins almost as much as I love puffins. Okay, maybe it’s a tie. These photos are adorable!

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