Thieves

Watching penguins can be hilarious. Their behaviour can be really funny, maybe because they do resemble us…

In this case, we spent quite a while watching a couple of penguins. The Gentoo Penguin above had a nest just behind these rocks (out of sight for us), but apparently, he wasn’t too happy with the way it looked. So he decided to do something about that. A little further, right in front of us, there was another Gentoo Penguin with a huge nest. For at least half an hour the first penguin would walk from his own nest to this nest, steal a pebble and walk back again to his own.

 

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Gentoo Penguins

 

The nest of the victim in this story was so large that in the beginning, he couldn’t reach over the edge to defend himself.  With more and more pebbles gone, he could start to defend his pebbles and larger fights started. After a while, the thief decided to try another nest, but apparently, this wasn’t what he wanted, so he came back to his original victim. After a while we had to leave, so we don’t know how many pebbles were left, nor how the other nest would look like. But it was great fun to watch.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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