Adelie - the clown of the Penguin World
I have always had a soft spot for Gentoo and King Penguins and I honestly thought that no other penguin could squeeze it’s way into my heart too. But one morning spent with Adelie Penguins changed all that, simply because they made me smile.
Although Adelie’s can be found in several places on the Antarctic Peninsula, I have always managed to miss them. One morning I found myself on a very moody Petermann Island in the company of a small group of Adelie’s, I was all alone too as the Navy had dropped me off whilst they met with researchers nearby. There are few things more special on the planet than being one to one with animals, it’s a very intimate experience and I was all the more glad that there were only a handful of penguins. Huge colonies are great spectacles to see and photograph yes, but for the penguin connoisseur a small group of 5 or 6 is the holy grail. You see it’s a much more personal experience, they look at you when you look at them. There is nothing else for them to look at but you, which I sometimes feel sad about as I’m sure they’d rather look at Tom Cruise than my grizzly features!
Now the trick that I have learnt as a wildlife photographer is to always try to capture the personality of a species and that comes from loving what you do. If your body language shows that you are relaxed and having fun then animals can read it and will relax accordingly.
With the Adelie’s I wanted to capture their fun nature, and these images really show it I think.