By Luke Kenton
These camera-shy penguins had seemingly had enough of their photos being taken, so they attempted to steal a number of recording devices, likely mistaking them for large pebbles.
Filmmaker Anthony Powell is no stranger to the unpredictable nature of working in Antarctica, but he was left incredibly amused after looking back at the footage captured on a number of GoPro cameras he’d scattered beside a penguin colony.
Finding that many of the cameras had been moved or knocked over, the Kiwi – who’s spent the last 10 years filming in the white dessert – was eager to unravel the mystery of their movement.
Downloading the footage to see a series of penguins hilariously pecking at the lens and attempting to physically pick the camera up, Anthony said he suddenly realised “what it felt like to be a krill,” the main small fish of a penguins’ diet.
The award-winning cinematographer behind “Antarctica: A Year on Ice,” said: “To maximise my time while filming penguins, I would fill my pockets with GoPros and leave them out, recording continuously, while I filmed with my main camera.
“I always try very hard to be as non-intrusive as possible so I don’t disturb their natural behaviour, and small cameras are usually the best way forward.
“However, we I returned for the cameras, I found most had been knocked over.
“Looking back at the footage, it really put a smile on my face.
“I thought it was like watching a Godzilla movie, but with penguins instead.
“The shot looking directly down the throat of a penguin really made me laugh.
“This is probably the last thing a krill sees before they’re eaten.
“I suspect what was happening was that the black lens looked like the perfect sized rock they like to build their nests from, so they were trying to pick it up and take it with them.
“Whenever I have larger cameras they completely ignore them.”