Chinstrap penguin colony at Half Moon Island in Antarctica
March 8th, 2005
Half Moon Island is located in South Shetlands archipelago, just off Antarctic peninsula, and is so called because of its shape. Half Moon Island is home to a Chinstrap penguins colony counting many thousands of individuals, together with many other birds and fur seals. Chinstrap penguin is also called "ringed penguin"", "bearded penguins" or "stonecracker penguins" and is widely spread in Antarctica and sub-antarctic islands.
A small group of Chinstrap penguins greet us as soon as we disembark on Half Moon island.
Picture of Half Moon Island, with its grey rocks.
Half moon island is home to a colony of Chinstrap penguins, hosting thousands of birds. Click HERE
to hear the sound from Chinstrap penguins.
Pictures of Chinstrap penguins.
Like other species of penguins, most Chinstraps are molting during March.
More photos of Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island in South Shetland, Antarctica.
The Chinstrap penguin colony, litterally "covering" several parts of the island.
An orange lichen growing extensively on Half Moon Island's rocks.
More photos of Half Moon Island.
As visible in this picture, the orange color of the huge rock in the background, is given by the same lichen.
The typical landscape of Half Moon Island, South Shetland, Antarcitca
Fur seals living on South Shetland islands and on Half Moon Island.
In this picture there are several seals and penguins Can you see them?
Penguin 's skull and, on the right, a macro of the beack seen from inside.
A skua is eating a dead penguin.