Being an Adelie chick is hard. This chick ventured out of its nest only to find it had invaded other penguin territory. The adults of the other nest areas began pecking at the chick (pictures 1 and 2) which only made matters worse as the chick got turned around and could not find its home. Finally the chick's parent found it, fended off the others and stood by to guard it (picture 3).

Today an egg got loose from one of the nests in the first picture. As I watched, it slowly rolled down through the group of nesting birds until it stopped at the bottom of the hill. It lay there for several minutes before a penguin came along, examined it, thought about nesting it between his feet, sat on it for a few seconds, then got up and walked away. Five minutes later, a Skua saw it swooped down, and the egg was gone.


Drama, Everyday a New Story
Sorry Wrong Number! This adult full of food fresh from foraging, came running into the group and up to his nest, began his greeting call towards his mate only to get a bite in the neck. Startled but not deterred, he continued to greet her. His efforts were met with more biting, and a flipper bash. Then the neighbors added insult to injury and you can see blood was shed. Finally he was driven off and walked away with other nesting adults continuing to abuse him. A mere 10ft later he was greeted by his 'real' mate who had been patiently waiting for him. A few moments later, they had exchanged greeting calls and places on the nest. He was beaten and bloodied but settled next to his chick with his mate close by, and 'all is well that ends well'.
A summer storm hit the colony Jan 7, 2007. Strong cold winds and lots of snow. Adult penguins have no trouble withstanding this kind of weather, but chicks are more vulnerable. If they are still small enough, they can crawl under their parents, but many are too big and must survive on their own. Luckily this storm did not last long, the sun came out and none of these chicks were lost.
This chick has strayed away from the nest. The mother does not want to leave her other chick alone, but is anxious about the wandering one. She checks her nest then comes to call her lost one. The chick hesitates then decides to obey. Back at the nest the mother greets her chick and all is well.
Penguins can fly after all. The floating piece of ice this penguin was sitting on, was slowly moving back and forth, towards and then away from the piece he wanted to get to. He sat for some time as in picture 1 and contemplated the distance. When it was right, he launched himself into the air and made the leap.