Moulting Adelies

Just like Gentoo Penguins, Adelie Penguins have to moult their feathers as well. However, as they start their breeding season a couple of weeks earlier, they are also finished earlier. That’s why, at the end of the season, most Adelie Penguin colonies are almost empty, where there are still a lot of moulting adults around in Gentoo Penguin colonies. And those left in the Adelie colonies are a lot further in their moult as the Gentoos are.

After moulting, they need to take good care of their feathers of course.


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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