Penguins and Antarctic explorer, 1911

Penguins and Antarctic explorer, 1911

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Caption: Penguins and Antarctic explorer. Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) defending its gravel nest against British photographer Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935). They are surrounded by other nesting penguins. Photograph obtained in 1911 at Cape Royds during the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific and included expeditions to study and photograph penguins. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, a shore party of 33 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their journey to the South Pole.

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