Penguins of the antarctic and sub-antarctic

Chinstrap penguin on the shore at Deception Bay - Photography by Tony Redhead

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.

Joe Moore - Singer Songwriter

Meeting the Penguins

On the 15th of December 2016 my wife and I boarded the PONANT Expedition ship L'Austral, in Ushuaia, Argentina, for a 16 day journey aptly named "The Great Austral Loop". This journey through the Southern Ocean would take us to remote locations such as the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia Island, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Along the way we encountered a number of Penguin species and experienced the breathtaking rookery at St Andrews bay where over a 100,000 penguins breed.

L'Austral at anchor in Deception Bay

New Island

Our first port of call was New Island, one of the most remote of all the inhabited islands in the Falklands archipelago. We departed on the zodiacs early on a beautiful day with blue skies and mild temperatures. After landing on the beach, it was a short hike for about a mile to the other side of the island and the first of our Penguin encounters at a cliff-side colony of the charismatic Rock Hopper penguin.

Southern Rockhopper penguin - Photography by Kelly Burke

New Island is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Falklands archipelago, as well as having possibly the most diverse range of wildlife in the region. It is a nature reserve, established by Ian Strange in 1972.

Rockhopper Rookery 360˚ Panorama - Photography by Tony Redhead

Grave Cove

Returning from New Island L'Austral raised anchor and sailed North East to Grave Cove on the west coast of the West Falkland Island. Fortunately the good weather stayed with us as we boarded the zodiacs for the ride to the nearby beach. Grave Cove named after several 19th-century whalers’ graves on the beach was our departure point for another hike to a wide beach and several rookeries. Sitting on the beach we could see Gentoo penguins diving in and out of the waves, come running up the beach and past us to the safety of their colonies. There were some who came quite close and gave us the once over like this young fellow.

Gentoo penguin on the beach at Grave Cove - photograph Kelly Burke
Gentoo Rookery 360˚ Panorama - Photography by Tony Redhead

About the Photographers

Kelly at Tony at Deception Bay

Kelly and Tony have a passion for Photography and Travel and together they combine their photography to create a unique blend of still and panoramic imagery.

On location (clockwise from top left: shooting a 360˚ panorama from the hills around Deception Bay, at the Summit pass on the Shackleton Walk, South Georgia with my 360˚ GoPro rig, Kelly in the zodiac at Larsen Harbour, South Georgia)

Travelling with PONANT has enabled them to visit some of the most remote locations in the world, North to South, from the Russian Far East to the Antarctic Peninsula and East to West, from Indonesia to New Zealand.

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Tony Redhead, Kelly Burke

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