Up to 80 per cent of a penguins life is spent in the ocean where their stiff, paddle-like flippers, torpedo-shaped bodies and heavy bones are ideally adapted for speed and deep diving.
While other birds take to the skies, these fly through the water, cleverly camouflaged from beneath and above with their white bellies and dark back.
There are 17 recognised species of penguin, found in many parts of the Southern Hemisphere - from icy Antarctica up to the Galapagos Islands on the Equator. The little blue penguin, found on and near Banks Peninsular, is considered by some biologists to be a different species.
Eight of these fascinating birds feature in two stamp issues, one for New Zealand, the other for the Ross Dependency. Ross Dependency is the section of Antarctica under New Zealand's jurisdiction. It is where both Scott Base and the United States McMurdo Sound settlements are located.
These two issues featured penguins endemic to their respective geographic areas. The images and cool fresh designs captured penguins in their natural environments displaying their playful and communal nature. They're a charming collection of the genuine 'characters' of the bird kingdom.
Ross Dependency Postage in New Zealand
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Product Listing for 2001 Ross Dependency - Penguins
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|Date of issue:||7 November 2001|
|Number of stamps:||Six|
|Denominations and designs:||40c, 90c and $1.50 Emperor Penguin; 80c, $1.30 and $2.00 Adelie Penguin.|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand, by offset lithography|
|Stamp size and format:||40.61mm x 35mm horizontal|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50 stamps|
|Number of colours:||Four colour process|
|Paper type:||De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 6 November 2002.|