Emperor penguins release millions of micro bubbles from their feathers to reduce friction between their bodies and the water allowing them to accelerate reducing the risk of being caught by a leopard seal.
When Emperor penguins sense the presence of a predator and want to quickly get out of the water, they accelerate and "take flight", as they land with a heavy thump unto the ice.
It takes two to raise a rapidly growing emperor penguin chick.
A gentoo penguin checks to make sure the coast is clear of leopard seals before heading offshore.
An adult emperor penguin hovers high above her chick. Adults will go to sea for days or even weeks at a time to bring back food for their rapidly growing chicks.
Towering peaks surround a massive king penguin colony.
Gentoo penguins dive deep and effortlessly to feed on krill.
The sun skims across the horizon and casts the shadows of emperor penguins across the white seascape.
A macaroni penguin returning from the sea to nest.
Oil on the fur of king penguin protects its feathers from the water.
King penguins run the gauntlet of test elephant seals.
An emperor penguin momentarily takes flight as it leaps from the Ross Sea.
The eye of a macaroni penguin.
King penguins rinse in the surf zone of Gold Harbour.
Molting king penguins line a mountain-fed stream.
King penguins return from the sea to feed their chicks.
A tiny emperor penguin is safe from predators when its mother sits on it.
Spending time in the water, trying to be a "fly on the wall" as Emperor penguins went about their "comings-and-goings"
was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in nature.
Adelie penguins make up for their size with attitude, spunk, and grit; not afraid to push emperor penguins out of the way.
King penguins huddle through a blizzard.
King penguins head to seas to gather food for their hungry chicks.
An adult king penguin has the daunting task of trying to locate its one chick amongst the hundreds thousand others.
King penguins assess their surroundings before heading out to sea.