P-p-peck-uliar Penguins! Government Worker Reveals Rare Bizarre Birds To Celebrate Penguins
Government worker reveals p-p-peculiar penguins to celebrate these rare and bizarre birds
Alan Henry of Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, has been capturing his monochrome muses on camera for the past 17-years.
Born in Islington, London, he relocated to the archipelago in 1987 and has been busily snapping the wildlife ever since.
In the shots he reveals rare leucitic Gentoo and Rockhopper penguins, which causes a partial a loss of pigmentation causing their feathers to appear lighter, white and patchy.
As well as a Melanistic Gentoo, a mutation that causes a fully dark appearance due to it losing control of its pigmentation and a spotty Rockhopper
He also featured some unlikely finds on the Islands including a Chinstrap, Erect-Crested and Northern Rockhopper
After spotting images online of our flippered friends online to celebrate World Penguin Day two weeks ago (April 25) he wanted to show of his more unusual Falklands finds.
Alan, a Fishery Protection Officer, said:
“They are all rare and unusual. The Northern Rockhopper And Erect Crested Penguins were both new species for me so really happy about that.
“Being a very keen birder, it is always good to find rare and unusual penguins and other birds
“I like how they are all very odd!
“Everyone was putting pictures of our normal penguins on for World Penguin Day, I wanted to show something different
“Some are very rare penguins to the Falkland Islands including the Chinstrap, Erected Crested and Northern Rockhopper.
“The others have odd colour pigmentations like the Leucistic Gentoo and Rockhoppers as well as the Melanistic Gentoo, both rare sightings.
“I have been taking pictures of Falkland Islands wildlife, mainly birds for over 30 years. These were taken over a 17 year period
“It has received over 100 likes so think people enjoyed seeing them.”