TravelWild Expeditions client Ellen Goff recently traveled on a cruise to Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov to visit and photograph the emperor penguin colony there. Ellen is an accomplished photographer who frequently travels on our sister company’s—Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris—photography tours. We are pleased to be able to share some of Ellen’s photos from her cruise to Antarctica, along with her comments about each image. Thanks Ellen!
The single chick without a parent flaps its flippers for exercise. The chicks seem to spend a great deal of time wandering from one part of the colony to another. They call constantly—for it is the distinctive call of the chick that the parent will recognize.
The two emperor penguins, each with a chick, illustrate some of the variation between the sizes of the chicks in the colony. Some of the chicks are almost the size of the adult and these are the ones that probably will have the greatest chance for survival.
When a parent and chick come together, there is a period of bonding before the parent feeds the chick.
When we first got close to Snow Hill, it was 3:30 AM. I happened to wake and look out the window and saw the pink light. I went out on deck and spent about an hour photographing the ice in the gorgeous changing morning light.