Arctic Animals

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Penguins are one of 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 in the Huddle’ has been showing that in fact they really are surprisingly like us in several ways.

Having been lucky enough to walk among numerous penguin colonies in Antarctica and Chile, I’ve loved watching the distinctive perspectives from’Eggcam’ and other carefully disguised camera equipment in this series capturing the partnerships between the birds, which mate for life.

The seabird that picked up the camera and flew over the rookery of Humboldt penguins unsuspectingly gave us a spectacular birds-eye view like no other, and certainly a first for wildlife filming of penguins. Although I have seen many of these birds in real life and watched them shout beyond my toes on their way to the sea to catch fish, this up-close view of them is just wonderful. And indeed it is fascinating to see their behavior when they believe they are’alone’!

To your own close encounter with them, there are a number of places to head to. To find some of the northernmost species, the Humboldt penguins, you could visit Peru or northern Chile, where the desert meets the ocean. There are penguins on the Equator from the Galapagos Islands!

Of course though, when one thinks of penguins, they’re usually in a much colder surroundings. The greatest wildlife adventure is an expedition cruise down south to Antarctica for the ideal opportunity to see many species of penguins. Take a longer excursion that includes not just the Antarctic Peninsula but also the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. 

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Emperor penguins with their beautiful plumage and striking trials to raise their young chicks in the harshest of winter conditions are possibly the most intriguing of these birds, not least because they tend to be found in the most inhospitable and inaccessible places on the White Continent itself. However, you also can marvel at these stunning penguins from a website on the Antarctic Peninsula accessed from the South American mainland. Fly in from your boat moored in the Weddell Sea by helicopter and spend a couple of days in a remote rookery seeing the girls and their moms at Snow Hill. Wherever you wish to go to see penguins and whatever species you want to see, you can make your fantasies a reality.

Or, if you’re in search of penguins, South America is also an option. We organised the most remarkable adventure holidays to both Antarctica & South America.

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