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Tear of penguin from Stephen Lam on Vimeo.

Design student Stephen Lam made this animation after listening to scientists at the Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney.


Harriett (tracker 25865)

Plot of daily foraging trips for Harriett

Harriett is a female Adelie penguin carrying satellite tracker number 25865. The tracker was deployed on Harriett on the 10th of January.

Harriett's first foraging trip was offshore - she travelled 108 km from Bechervaise Island to get her food. She is currently conducting a 'pre-moult' foraging trip and has travelled 294km west of Bechervaise Island.

Australian Antarctic Division 2007


26th. August 1955 Bryggeholmen Latitude 67s Longitude 62e

Bryggeholmen is relatively high, perhaps 150 feet, and its flattened top is an immense and probably ancient penguin site. A thick brown soil of rotted penguins covers it, and less ancient corpses are thick like weed all over it. Their rings of carefully collected stones include the smaller bones of other penguins in the tribute. Utter life and death it is here, persistent and purposeless.

28th. September 1955 Bretangen Latitude 69s Longitude 76e

Our second day was perfectly sunny, the sea a great shadowy white stretch; the rookery most beautiful, with the birds ranged in quiet groups, the chicks pantalooned as they seem, in fluffy grey down, striding along after the adults. Only a few still ride on the mature birds' feet. They stand in front of the adults and raise and lower their heads with a musical treble chirrup that has no querulous or begging note in it and after a while the bigger bird will feed them. The adults have a rougher more baritone call that corresponds in Morse code to 2 2 2 T, and another softer call very like it. The rookery is on a frozen elevated lake and just hidden from view from the seaice...

Jack Ward, Mawson diary (1955-1956)


Jan Chaffey, penguin
Christchurch, 2008


Margaret Whitelaw, King Penguin
Aptenodytes patagonicus 2008

Kings are sub-Antarctic species, but their great stronghold on South Georgia, south of the convergence, qualifies them for inclusion in this book!

Tony Soper, Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife 2004