Penguins are among nature’s most endearing birds with their humorous waddle and inquisitive nature. We simply can not help but anthropomorphise these beautiful creatures once we see their cheeky antics. But BBC1’s recent show’Penguins: Spy at the Huddle’ has been showing that in fact they’re surprisingly like us in several ways.
Having been fortunate enough to walk one of numerous penguin colonies in Antarctica and Chile, I’ve loved watching the distinctive viewpoints from’Eggcam’ and other carefully disguised camera gear in this series capturing the partnerships between the birds, which mate for life.
The seabird that picked up the 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. And indeed it’s fascinating to see their behavior when they believe they are’alone’!
To your own close encounter together, there are a variety of places to visit. There are penguins on the Equator from the Galapagos Islands!
Of course however, when one thinks of penguins, they’re usually in a much colder surroundings. The greatest wildlife adventure is a trip cruise down south to Antarctica for the ideal chance to see many species of penguins.
Emperor penguins with their beautiful plumage and striking trials to increase their young chicks in the harshest of winter conditions are possibly the most fascinating of these critters, not least because they are normally located in the most inhospitable and inaccessible places on the White Continent itself. However, you also can marvel at these magnificent penguins from a website on the Antarctic Peninsula obtained from the South American mainland. Fly in from your boat 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 would like to go to find penguins and whatever species you wish to see, you can make your fantasies a reality.
Or, if you are looking for penguins, South America is also an alternative. We organise the most remarkable adventure vacations to both Antarctica & South America.