Male Adelie penguin displaying for a mate
What a handsome fellow! This male adelie is a bit late compared to the others around him who have in the main already paired and nested. The males arrive at the breeding grounds first, find a good spot and then go through this display with much raucous calling and flipper waving to attract a suitably impressed female. (A similar ritual is re-enacted on Friday and Saturday evenings at bars and clubs the world over)
This shot also shows the half-feathered beak characteristic of Adelies and how stocky and powerful they are despite their diminutive stature. A friend I was with on a similar occasion was attacked by an unhappy Adelie that had decided he was too close to the nest. My friend described it as "..like having 5kg of solid muscle hanging from your skin by a pair of pliers" - please don't try this at home.
Photo copyright - Paul Ward / coolantarctica.com