A Coat of Many Colours
Growing up penguin


A lot of peeps have asked if the penguins in my photos are all the same species. With the exception of the photogenic Rockhopper and the party-crashing Magellanics, all the penguins in the blog series are indeed the same. The different colourings are a result of the different ages, described as follows: 


CHICK

Characterised by fluffy cuteness and incessant whining for food. Without a waterproof coat, the chick is completely dependent on its parents for food at this stage. 


The chick then moults into a...


BLUE

Named for the blueish tint to its coat, the blue penguin now has a waterproof coat and can fish for itself. After a time the blueish tint turns brown, meaning the penguin is now a...


JUVENILE

With the strength of an adult and all the angst of an adolescent, these penguin teenagers are some of the most difficult to work with. Toward the end of the time as a juvenile, this penguin will gorge itself on fish in preparation for its moult into adulthood, during which time it cannot go into the sea to hunt.



MOULTING JUVENILE
Not so cool now, huh? 

Once the moult is complete the penguin will have the waterproof, black and white coat for which the penguin is most well known, which will be replaced with annual moults for the rest of its life. 


ADULT PENGUIN
 TA-DA! Look at me, I'm Gawgeous!

The penguin will then find a mate, make little chickies, and the process repeats with another growing up penguin.