Arctic Animals

Seal, Snow, Antarctic, Neco Island

Penguins are one of nature’s most endearing birds with their comical waddle and inquisitive nature. We simply can’t help but anthropomorphise these delightful creatures when we see their cheeky antics. But BBC1’s recent show’Penguins: Spy at the Huddle’ has been revealing that in fact they really are surprisingly like us in several ways.

Having been fortunate enough to walk one of numerous penguin colonies in Antarctica and Chile, I have loved watching the distinctive perspectives from’Eggcam’ and various 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 certainly a first for wildlife filming of penguins. And indeed it’s fascinating to see their behaviour when they think they are’alone’!

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

Of course though, when one thinks of penguins, they are 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. Simply take a longer excursion that includes not only the Antarctic Peninsula but also the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This may reward you not just with a sighting of the acrobatic rockhopper penguins with their vibrant yellow brows in the Falkland Islands, but also of a vast colony of King penguins, second only in size to their cousins, the Emperors, on South Georgia.

Emperor penguins with their beautiful plumage and dramatic trials to increase their young chicks in the harshest of winter conditions are perhaps the most fascinating of these critters, not least because they are normally found 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 accessed from the South American mainland. Fly in from your boat moored in the Weddell Sea by helicopter and spend a few days at a distant rookery seeing the chicks 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 wishes a reality.

Or, if you are in search of penguins, South America is also an option. We organise the most amazing adventure vacations to both Antarctica & South America.