It’s so great to be back on the sea ice. We reckon, that there are still around 7000 emperor penguins in the colony at the moment and as you can imagine, they make quite a bit of noise (and also smell quite a bit as well if the wind blows their scent into your direction). It’s a marvelous spectacle to watch. The way the colony is set up is, that usually you have a few paired up birds in the periphery and it’s quite hard to predict what they’re up to.
It’s white. Everywhere – the ground, the sky, just everything. It’s been blowing snow for almost five days straight now and talking to our meteorologist, things do not seem like they are going to improve in the coming three days. A feeling of helplessness takes a hold of me and the fear, that we might miss out on a crucial bit of behavior for the first time. I tend to get nervous in such cases when maybe I should just be laid back and cool about it. But let me begin from the start.
It was a familiar sound and yet so unfamiliar, since we had not heard it in a few weeks. When we arrived at the edge of the shelf ice close to Pingi-Rampe a few days ago, we could finally hear the calls of the emperor penguins again. Furthermore, it was not just a single call. It was hundreds of calls, unison mixed into what many people describe as a cacophony. For me however, the trumpet like sounds made by the emperors are like music and I would rather describe them as a euphony of unique melodies, that we have missed for almost two months now. It is so great to have them back! 😀