Gentoo Penguins on Cuverville Island

February 05, 2014


Photographer: James Bucko
Summary Author: James Bucko

The photo above shows a small waddle of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) on Cuverville Island in the Errera Channel, between the Antarctic Peninsula and Ronge Island. It was taken while on an expedition cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer. The blocky volcanic island, eroded by glacial ice, was named for J.M.A. Cavelier de Cuverville, a Vice Admiral of the French Navy. It’s the residence of several large colonies of gentoo penguins. Not far from here, at Paradise Bay, ultraviolet solar radiation is tracked to assess how it affects the depletion of ozone in the stratosphere. Photo taken on December 14, 2013.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS; Focal Length: 14.303mm; Aperture: f/13.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 80.