…the first penguin eggs of the season, that is! Look at these proud parents:
I am very excited. That’s easy for me to say, because unlike these penguins I don’t have to spend the next month fasting while I diligently keep my gestating baby warm, simultaneously fending off predators. It’s going to be a long haul for these little Adelies, a species whose numbers have steadily dropped by 80% in this region since 1975. Declines in krill, their number one food source, mean their bellies are already a little empty when they start fasting. And the decline in population means that each colony is more exposed to predatory birds like Skuas.
Seriously, everywhere you look here it’s like a quintessential nature documentary. You can practically hear David Attenborough’s voice with every breeze.