|Looking out from Hut Point Peninsula over Mcmurdo Sound|
|A look back at "Mactown"|
Today...Penguins! Yes the mighty emperor has wandered inland a ways. The month of January is typically when they are molting (shedding their feathers) and growing a new coat. They tend to wander inland away from the colony, pick a knoll, and open spot and simply not move for about a month, don't eat, leave their pile of feathers behind and then finally wander back and return to the sea. If you want to read more on the breed, check out this site.
We drove about 20 minutes out of town on the ice shelf to where one of the larger groups seemed to pick their spot. Not sure why this little hill, maybe the flag, maybe a little wind break--not sure. They seem happy though, staring off into the distance pondering whatever they ponder. They are about 3 1/2' tall, the largest penguins in the world, fairly quiet in this setting and extremely stoic.
Enough of me, now on with the pictures!
|A good example of a molting pair. Nice mohawk.|
|Playing "King of the Hill". All the dark spots on the hill are their feathers.|
Just another great experience to chalk up for here. I hope this doesn't get routine that I don't truly appreciate what I am getting to see and do. These encounters are amazing. Now off to the rest of Sunday. Take care all, talk to you again soon! Hope you like the pics.