|The Macaroni Penguin isn't very common in the
Antarctic Peninsula (at least, not in the areas we visited!), preferring
the Sub-Antarctic Islands like South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
They have a distinctive array of yellow-coloured feathers above their
heads, resembling a popular fashion trend in the mid 1880's whereby
a young man would put a flashy feather in their hats. These men were
called Macaroni's. Clearly, the early explorers of the Sub-Antarctic
Islands were inspired enough to name these penguins after this fashion
The dandy pair
By late January, these birds have all but abandoned the nesting
grounds. This pair were in the middle of a Chinstrap Penguin crèche.
The distinctive yellow feathers above their eyebrows and big red
beaks added a splash of colour amongst the Chinstrap penguins.
Gypsy Cove, East Falkland Island
A lone Macaroni Penguin was spotted molting amongst Magellanic
Penguins on the East Falkland Islands. Although these birds traipsed
through an area fenced off due to the possibility of land mines,
they are too small to set off any existing land mines.