<<< Previous Photo      |      Main Menu      |      Next Photo >>>

Hercules Bay, South Georgia Chinstrap and Macaronis

To the untrained eye, this may look like the Macaroni penguins are in hot pursuit of the Chinstrap Penguin. Considering the speed at which they all waddle, this would be a very long chase. But actually, there was one Chinstrap Penguin -- just one -- at almost every single one of our landing sites. I'm not an animal behaviorist, but I do have a theory why one and only one Chinstrap was at each of these landing sites. They are trying to convert the other penguins to their version of penguinism. See, I believe the Chinstraps send out these emissaries or missionaries if you like. Looking closely at the Chinstrap's namesake, doesn't it look like a Jesuit beard? So, a better title would be "The Chinstrap and its Followers."

<<< Previous Photo      |      Main Menu      |      Next Photo >>>


Copyright 2006, 2007 by Dan Linehan