Poor baby penguin – realites of life in the freezer…

March 18th, 2009 § 2

Had a top season in Antarctica this year, visiting the Peninsula side from Argentina for the first time instead of the Ross Sea. As usual I saw some great spectacles, so as I process shots from the many taken I’ll upload a few here with a short story. This one is the tale of the poor Gentoo Penguin chick whose parent wasn’t the sharpest penguin parent. A Skua collected and killed it, before a great skua fight with terrific flight skills. The camera just happened to be handy…. Read on to see the rest….Skuas fighting over dead chick

Southern Skua bird hunted a Gentoo penguin chick by diving down into the colony and snatching the chick. It killed it and as it started to feed another Skua attacked to steal the body…
Skua hunting photo Skua birds fighting over dead chick
The new skua repeatedly dive-bombed the other before finally collecting the dead penguin and flying off, the finale captured by luck in the shot below.
Skuas dive bomb fighting Skuas dive bomb fighting Skua birds fighting mid air
The harsh reality of life in the wilds, luckily caught on film…..

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§ 2 Responses to “Poor baby penguin – realites of life in the freezer…”

  • zoe win says:

    how did the penguins and skuas become enimies is it because the skua trys and eats the baby or is it because the penguin trys to take the baby away and adopt it and do skuas actually eat the adult penguins to? hope to here your reply thanks zoe win from golden bay high school.

  • Rob says:

    Hi Zoe. Thanks for the question. Penguins don’t like Skuas because Skua birds attack their nests trying to eat the penguin eggs, or small chicks. Skuas of course love penguins because they’re food for them to be able to raise their own Skua babies back in their nests. The reality of nature – everything is connected, but sometimes not very nice to watch.
    Have a nice day, Rob

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