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Chinstrap Penguin

Pygoscelis antarcticus

Description:

Make sure you watch the video of the penguins jumping onto the ice! Quite a "classic" looking penguin, with a black back and top of the head, white face and belly and a thin black strip under the beak. When we encountered these in the sea ice, they were wonderful to watch as they shot out of the water like rockets onto the surrounding ice floes! And yes, that is an iceberg covered in penguin poop in pic #2.

Habitat:

Most commonly encountered at sea, circumpolar distribution.

Notes:

One of my favourite penguins, and I'm so glad I was able to capture this behaviour on video. They were pretty much the only penguin species we encountered here, save for a few lone gentoos. We did not go far south enough for Emperors and Adelies.

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28 Comments (1–25)

Seema
Seema 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing...........

great Laura,you are famous :-) very nice spotting and the video is perfect,congrats on NG spotting of the week,and thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely spotting! Congrats!

Cute!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

Wonderful and great news on your SOTW. Congratulations!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Thanks so much guys! I love them too, they're my favourite penguin :)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Congratulations on your NG spotting of the week! The honor is well-deserved!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Laura!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 7 years ago

Congrats Laura ..loved this pictures

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Oh wow!! Thanks so much everyone, I'm super thrilled :D I owe it all to the wonders and diversity of the Southern Ocean, of course!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

And congratulations on National Geographic Spotting of the Week!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Spectacular series of such beautiful penguins! I love the video and the awesome photos!

Congratulations on your latest Spotting of the Week for National Geographic.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Congratulations !

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Congratulations on another National Geographic Spotting of the Week!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Laura!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations Laura, your fantastic spotting has been chosen National Geographic Spotting of the Week!

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Hanno Shalaby
Hanno Shalaby 7 years ago

Fantastic .. I love it more & I entersted watch the vedio
Thank you Laura

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

The penguins are just like little kids! They look like they are having so much fun!
Thank you for sharing this lovely video! I love it so much!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Can't love this series enough! Fantastic! Spectacular! Cute!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 7 years ago

Amazing ...

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

I loved watching the video. Thank you so much!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Thank you so much everyone! Make sure you check out the video at about 0:48... watch for the penguin that can't quite make it on the ice haha!

BugGirl
BugGirl 7 years ago

Wonderful!

ShannaB
ShannaB 7 years ago

Fantastic, what an amazing experience!

LauraMaria
Spotted by
LauraMaria

Argentina

Spotted on Jan 18, 2013
Submitted on Apr 25, 2013

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