Proprietor’s wildlife videos

For Sunday, we have three videos of chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus), all taken at Orne Harbor, Antarctica, on November 16.

The first one shows males calling and displaying in their rookery. The males raise their heads, flap their wings, and emit raucous calls. Presumably they’re displaying their vigor to onlooking females.

The next two show them walking and hopping, and I could watch penguins walk forever. Note that in the first video a bird stops its perambulations to have a bite of snow.

The background noise in these videos is the wind, which was blowing strongly that day (brrrr. . . . ..).

One more:



  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 7:59 am | Permalink


  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    The penguin in the last video almost hops instead of walking. Having to go up hill on rough ground makes movement harder. Land is not friend to the penguin.

    • Posted December 8, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Yes, they tend to hop when the ground is very uneven, and toboggan when the ground is perfectly smooth.

  3. Posted December 8, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Always enjoyable.

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    The tail seems to serve a bit as a prop while walking. The equivalent of us using a cane for stability. Clearly they are finely adapted for aqueous locomotion. We can only sympathize. In the water, they would sympathize with us.

  5. Frank Bath
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    During which it completely slipped my mind that penguins are birds.

  6. Posted December 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Interesting how they use their flippers to maintain balance, even to stop themselves from falling over.

  7. Bruce E Lyon
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jerry. I love seeing these videos, and the photos. The chinstraps seem particularly lovely with their chin straps! The first video shows a very charismatic setting for a penguin colony.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I love those penguins! Their raucous squawks had one of my dogs running around wondering what was making that infernal sound. 🙂

  9. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Nice videos. It appears they are not really nimble walkers (as long as they can out-walk leopard seals, I guess that’s fine).

  10. EdwardM
    Posted December 8, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Dr Coyne – I’ve a question about the rookeries; is there an ecology around them? I mean if they repeatedly use the same rookeries (do they?) their waste seems like it might provide nutrients for some life (maybe not animal or plant). I’m betting carcasses of chicks and adults don’t last long, what with scavengers. I also bet those rookeries don’t smell so good either.

    Let me explain…I’m thinking that like how riparian animals can greatly shape their riverside environments and thus the life around them, it seem these birds bring nutrients ashore that otherwise might not be there.

    • Posted December 9, 2019 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      No, the rookeries don’t smell that good, and there are birds that eat penguin poop. I never saw any carcasses, but I’ll bet that skuas dismember them quickly.

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    They have cute feet!

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