Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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nitely best to let the birds come to you. The Antarctic peninsula is home to all three "brush-tailed" penguins, each one clearly identified by its head mark - ings: The Adélie has a dark head and white eyes, while the Chinstrap shows its namesake throat line and the Gen - too wears white earmuffs with a red- dish beak. All have similar habits, and even though they often nest together in mixed colonies, hybrids are practically unknown. Each species also has its own peculiarities, and nobody can agree on which is most alluring. I have a soft spot for the Adélie, which oozes charm as it gets into all kinds of mischief; catch one's gaze and it may literally roll its eyes at you before stealthily stealing a rock from its neighbor's nest. A couple of other penguin species are possible, though not guaranteed. Each year, a few individual Macaroni Pen - guins turn up in Chinstrap colonies on the peninsula, having wandered away from their usual haunts on Subantarc- tic islands. And the ultimate prize, an Emperor Penguin, is especially elusive on Antarctic voyages. Because Emperors 27 January 2019 | Birder's Guide to Travel top to bottom : n Antarctic and Snow petrels dot the icy landscape down south. Photo © Markus Lilje/ n Elusive Emperor Penguins are an ultimate prize on Antarctic voyages. Photo © Noah Strycker n Leopard seals appear to have sinister smiles. Photo © Noah Strycker

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