Time to start mating: I’m going to start showcasing you many beautiful rituals of the creatures that inhabit this planet. Shone and I are fascinated by the planet and the species that inhabit it. They warm our hearts and fill us with a magical and devoted feeling. Currently we are being filled with visions and voyages of animals in this current series: Frozen Planet. It’s our sunday night fix. Check it out the next time you get some down time.
The Emperor Penguin
The crew at Frozen Planet had to shoot with a “bespoke, winterized hi-speed camera” just to capture this incredible footage.
Last night on Frozen Planet we watched the mating habits of the largest penguin on this planet. The Emperor Penguin. This particular bird can get up to as much as 100 pounds! These birds are so adorable! The waddle gets us every time!
♥ They are the only species of penguin and animal on earth to endure the cold winter months in Antarctica for breeding and raising their young. Which includes laying and transferring an egg. The penguins start courtship in March or April, when the temperature can be as low as −40 °C (−40 °F). A lone male gives an ecstatic display, where it stands still and places its head on its chest before inhaling and giving a courtship call for 1–2 seconds; it then moves around the colony and repeats the call. A male and female then stand face to face, with one extending its head and neck up and the other mirroring it; they both hold this posture for several minutes. Once in pairs, couples waddle around the colony together, with the female usually following the male. Before copulation, one bird bows deeply to its mate, its bill pointed close to the ground, and its mate then does the same.
♥ They are serial monogamists when they can be. They will stay together and work together to raise their young for the season. When they return the following year, they use their bugle to try and locate each other, and if they cannot. They will find a new mate.
I’m highlighting various mating patterns of species because it fascinates me. It fascinates me because of the incredible effort that animals put into their life. It’s for their survival, conviction that needs to be noted by all. It’s an incredible investment of time and bonding and bugling. If you would like to read more on this species, check out the information on the wikipedia.
I hope you all have a fantastic Monday, I leave you all with this very romantic capture of them courting and breeding in action:
to the pursuit!