Brian Bailey was on Half Moon Island, capturing images of a chinstrap penguin colony, and observing their daily activities.
He hadn’t visited the place in a month and was amazed at how much the chicks had grown. Some of the chicks looked different, but he was surprised to spot two chicks that appeared quite unique.
“I was scanning the colony and saw this adult and her two chicks. From my angle, they looked absolutely headless … and hilarious.”
At first, he was confused and did a double take, but then he realized that the chicks were sleeping with their heads twisted behind them.
Although it’s a common way for some birds to sleep, Bailey found it peculiar and couldn’t help but laugh.
“Went all the way to Antarctica … found these … things,” Bailey joked.
The photos have since caused confusion and amusement among those who have seen them.
“The shot has brought confusion, speculation, bewilderment, and laughs. I had witnessed adults sleeping in [that] way, but these fuzzy chicks just looked so hilarious. People have likened them to the trendy and long-forgotten toy Furby, and the [Porgs] from Star Wars. I think the [Porgs] are very fitting.”
In the end, what started as a mission to capture adorable pictures of penguin chicks turned into a hilarious encounter for photographer Brian Bailey. The confusing shot of seemingly headless penguin chicks has brought joy and laughter to people around the world.
Bailey’s photos remind us that sometimes, the most unexpected and peculiar moments can bring us the most joy. We can only hope that Bailey’s future adventures will continue to bring us more hilarious and heartwarming images of our animal friends.