Penguins – a fish with feathers

Mike Leach

Mike Leach has been a full-time wildlife author and photographer since 1977. In the 1980s he spent five years filming wildlife documentaries for TV; he worked on more than 100 programmes but finally decided that he prefers working with books rather than television.

Tonight he tells us how, unknown to western science until the fifteenth century, penguins were first labelled “strange gooses”. There are eighteen species of this popular bird from the metre-tall Emperor Penguin to the tiny Fairy Penguin.
They are all supremely adapted for marine life and Mike has worked with them in habitats from Galapagos to mainland Antartica.