Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The Journey

Documentary showing penguins as they have never been seen before. From the Antarctic to the tropics, spy cameras capture unique footage of three extraordinary species.

Penguins as they have never been seen before. From the freezing Antarctic to the scorching tropics, 50 spy cameras capture unique footage of three extraordinary species.

Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds, and on the way one becomes lost in a blizzard. Once there, the females flipper-flight over the males and those that succeed waddle-walk with their partners. They must lay their eggs without touching the ice, but it is the males that face the greatest challenge - overwintering alone in the coldest place on earth.

Rockhoppers brave the world's stormiest seas, only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Having laid their eggs, these plucky birds face airborne attacks from skuas and vultures.

Humboldts are a strange tropical penguin that have rarely been filmed. To reach their desert nests they negotiate 20,000 predatory sea lions, dodge vampire bats and battle half a million sharp-beaked seabirds.

The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch.

Among the spy cameras capturing unique behaviour is a technological first - robotic penguins with cameras for eyes.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Jan 2018 15:15

More episodes

Previous

You are at the first episode

See all episodes from Penguins - Spy in the Huddle

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Philip Dalton
Director John Downer

Broadcasts

  • Mon 11 Feb 2013 21:00
  • Sun 17 Feb 2013 17:05
  • Sat 4 Oct 2014 19:45
  • Sat 4 Oct 2014 20:15
  • Tue 1 Sep 2015 15:45
  • Tue 2 Jan 2018 15:15