There are 18 species of penguins and I was privileged enough to see three of them: Gentoo, Adélie, and Chinstrap.
I was most fortunate to somehow photograph all three of these types on one rock at Gourdin Point. Typically they have their specific nesting areas and while there is some intermixing, it is rare to see all three together.
Gentoo penguins can be identified by their white headphones and red beak. They tend to be more curious and will come and check things out.
Adélie penguins have an all black head with a white eye ring and are a true Antarctic penguin. Unfortunately their numbers are decreasing due to the warming of the ocean, while the Gentoos are increasing. The Adélie were named after a French explorer’s wife.
Chinstrap penguins are easily identifiable and I hope that I don’t have to tell you why (they have a black chinstrap). They like to be on the top of rock and they make a lot of noise.