Penguin Photos and Penguin Facts

What spot on earth has never been settled by man, is dark for most of the winter and 98% ice? Give me an ‘A’ Give me a ‘N’, you got it Antarctica! Although Antarctica may be cold and dark it is definitely not empty, more wildlife lives here than you might think.

Who Lives in the Antarctic?

  • 67 insect species
  • Tons of plants like 300 species of non-marine algea including snow algae that forms some really colourful designs in the snow, 150 species of lichens and 30 moss species
  • Marine mammals like whales, dolphins, porpoise and seals.
  • 35 species of birds including the albatross, petrels, culls, cormorants, terns and one the cutest flightless birds penguins!

Pile on the Penguin Photos

You can spot a Rockhopper penguin by the bright yellow plumage on their brow and spiked black feathers on the top of their head
You can spot a Rockhopper penguin by the bright yellow plumage on their brow and spiked black feathers on the top of their head
Rockhopper breeding colonies are located on rocky slopes, small nests are built from peat and pebbles, and they hop from rock to rock!
Rockhopper breeding colonies are located on rocky slopes, small nests are built from peat and pebbles, and they hop from rock to rock!
About 50% of a penguin’s life is spent on land/ice and the other 50% they are in the ocean
About 50% of a penguin’s life is spent on land/ice and the other 50% they are in the ocean
Penguins are bare footed, their naked feet allows heat to escape, helping them maintain a steady body temperature
Penguins are bare footed, their naked feet allows heat to escape, helping them maintain a steady body temperature
Chinstrap penguins live on big icebergs in the open ocean. One colony on the South Sandwich Islands has 10 million birds!
Chinstrap penguins live on big icebergs in the open ocean. One colony on the South Sandwich Islands has 10 million birds!
Gentoo penguins have strong pair-bonding, meaning they will usually mate with the same partner from the previous year
Gentoo penguins have strong pair-bonding, meaning they will usually mate with the same partner from the previous year
Penguins are excellent swimmers, their wings act as flippers
Penguins are excellent swimmers, their wings act as flippers
Penguins eat krill, fish and squid
Penguins eat krill, fish and squid

Photos Courtesy of Amelia McGoldrick

Save the Antarctic

The Antarctic is such an incredible place that it is no wonder more people then ever are visiting. This increase in human activity in the region can pose a threat as wildlife disturbance, noise and water pollution creates big changes. Other threats to the Antarctic include climate change, ocean acidification and invasive species. These threats put the species that call this area home at risk, at least 5 of the 17 penguin species are at serious risk of extinction. You can help by learning more about penguins, taking action against climate change, and sharing your Antarctic knowhow with friends and family.

amelia mcgoldrick with penguins

Amelia McGoldrick with penguins


Professional Penguin Photographer

These photos are brought to us from Amelia, a freelance photographer who has visited the South Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic. On her first trip in 2012 Amelia saw 5 different species of penguins. A Rockhopper penguin colony in the warmer climates of South Georgia and South Falklands. King penguins and their chicks, these baby penguins are beautiful, big and fluffy, a favourite of Amelia. Further south she saw Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins and an Adelee penguin mixed into a Chinstrap colony, perhaps lost or just making new friends. Find out more about Amelia’s photography:
http://www.dayclickerphototours.com/
http://ameliamcgoldrick.com/

Watch penguins swim on the live animal cam!

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  1. Tree Hugger
    ElizabethINS says:

    I LOVE ANIMALS!!!!!!!

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    taiman says:

    cars don’t have to use gas. We don’t want the polar bears and penguins to lose their homes.

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    tarynsarah says:

    I have the lamest reason for knowing what Gentoo penguins are, I watched Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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    Elizzyann4 says:

    penguins are awesome!

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    PrincessBooger says:

    Penguins are my favorite

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    HunterWS812 says:

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. New Bee
    BarnettLM says:

    Adorable! <3 I love penguins :)

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    Megan566 says:

    Penguins

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