From the Archive: Adélie Penguin, Antarctic Peninsula

Adélie penguin, on iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula. © www.thomaspickard.com

Adélie penguin, on iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula. © www.thomaspickard.com

Adélie penguin posing for a photograph on an iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula.

Adélie penguins are common, with some 2.6 million pairs worldwide. They are one of the easier penguins to recognise, courtesy of their straight black and white plummage. They eat a diet of fish, squid and krill and have been recorded diving to depths of 170-metres.

They can often be seen wandering across sea ice and hanging out in groups on icebergs, so if you are on an expedition cruise trip to Antarctica, spend some time on-deck in the sea ice. You may well see one of these guys, well before you do at a landing at a penguin rookery.