Not a penguin

On most trips, I get one question at least once, something like: “I think I just saw a flying penguin!! How is that possible” Or: “How do these penguins get on top of that steep cliff?” Usually, it has nothing to do with penguins, but more with another black and white Antarctic bird: the Antarctic Shag (or Blue-eyed Cormorant). As this bird is clearly able to fly, it can breed on cliffs, but it also breeds in penguin colonies, probably just to confuse people…

Antarctic Shag


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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