And this time there was more than one! I had gone down one evening on my day off to see the Adelie penguins spotted off of Hut Point and was disappointed there were none to be found. But later at 4 am I decided to head back down, if for no other reason to see how the ice breaker was doing. But low and behold, there were 10-11 Adelie penguins laying on the ice just below Hut Point. They appeared to be sleeping, or at least resting.
|Persistence pays off. Finally, Adelie penguins!|
I stood and watched them for a long time, hoping they might get up and move around. I had my binoculars and could get a close up view of them. They appeared very fluffy and shiny.
|They appeared to be sleeping except for the |
one standing in the middle .
They were bigger than I expected, maybe up to 2 feet tall but definitely smaller than the Emperor penguin. Hopefully I'll get some pictures of them standing and moving around.
|One lone guy hanging out by himself.|
I stayed around watching them for almost an hour before I started getting cold. How they can lay on the ice or swim in the cold water is beyond me. I went back the next day to take another look but they had moved on. Hopefully, as the ice breaks up, more will show up.