|Chinstrap Penguins on Blue Iceberg|
Truly blue icebergs are not the norm in Antarctica; they are typically made up of old dense ice with no layer of reflective snow. This one had the added benefit of having rolled over several times -- the smooth contours and slightly pocked surface are sure signs of a berg that has flipped upside down, possibly more than once.
It was only when we got within a few hundred yards that we realized that there was a small group of molting Chinstraps resting on top. Every year, at the end of the breeding season, penguins must discard their old, worn feathers for a new batch. This process requires that they stay dry for a week or more until the molt is complete, their feathery insulation restored.
My question was this - how did they get onto this particular sheer-sided iceberg? Maybe it was less steep on the backside, but...?
Nikon F100 and 80-200mm lens, Fuji Velvia (ca. 1998!)