Where are the Penguins?
The closest penguin rookery to McMurdo Station is at Cape Royds:
There is also a rookery at Cape Crozier. The two species found near McMurdo
are Adèlies, which lay their eggs in the Spring and leave with their
young in the Autumn; and Emperors, which gestate their eggs all winter long.
Chick-rearing habits aside, penguins are distinguished from other birds by
their thick two-toned coats of fine, almost hair-like feathers and stubby,
flightless wings that enable them to be as graceful in the water as they are
clumsy on land. They have no inherent fear of Man and will sometimes walk
right up to you as you stand and watch.
- At Cape Royds, Nov, 1996
- Near McMurdo, Dec, 1995
- On the sea-ice, Dec, 1995
- Near McMurdo, again, Jan, 1996
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