Pink Pingos (Adelie Penguin Chicks, South Orkneys) by Krys Bailey

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Pink Pingos (Adelie Penguin Chicks, South Orkneys) by 

An endearing clump of fledgling Adelie Penguins (pygoscelis adeliae) – note the moulting mohican on the right. Adelies (with Emperors) are the world’s southernmost breeding penguins, only found on the Antarctic Continent or nearby offshore islands such as this – Coronation Island, South Orkneys.

Oh yes, the pink is from the krill they’ve been eating and rolling around in….. they’ll scrub up well once they go to sea.


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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    How cute….they look adorable. Fantastic capture !

  • Thanks Sean! Real posers aren’t they? :o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • John Dalkin
    John Dalkinover 3 years ago

    What a great looking group ! The mohican is sooo cute !
    (we only saw eggs as our visit was in december !)

  • Thanks John! We specially chose January for the chicks but a lot of the chicks were quite large like these and ready to fledge. Fortunately on the Antarctic Peninsula the breeding program was a few weeks delayed and there were some tiny chicks, even the occasional egg.

    – Krys Bailey

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 3 years ago

    Not just pink Penguin dudes, but mohawk wearing pink Penguin dudes! Great shot of the ’gang!. :o)

  • Thanks Zoe! There were quite a few interesting pingo hairdos to be seen! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2over 3 years ago

    nice shot krys!

  • Thanks Dougie!

    – Krys Bailey

  • laurav
    lauravover 3 years ago

    Brill image!

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    How priceless Krys!

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    sweet family

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    They have this Krill Color-Scheme in common with Flamingos, eh? What a chorus line, ready to do some synchronized kicking. And there’s always that odd-guy-out. What’s he looking at? Great shot. Such a lovely bunch.

  • Thanks Sheila. The only difference here between these pingos and mingos is that these guys ROLL in the krill as well as eating it, hahaha! ;o) I think mohican-hair is admiring his pink footwear! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    I think the one on the far right was up to more than rolling in krill, he has that guilty look about him. :-)
    Wonderful photograph Krys; so nicely composed, and you couldn’t have asked for better poses.

  • Thanks Richard! There were hoards of posers to choose from on this little island. Knee deep in penguins! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Great shot, Krys. Interesting about the pink color.

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