I think most people have seen March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet [DVD] [2005
], and so are aware of the Emperor Penguin and the birth of its young. In this set of documentaries we do see the Emperor Penguin, but also we follow Humboldts, and Rockhoppers. This series follows these three breeds of penguins, although near the end we do get a glimpse of Adelie Penguins as well.
By using things like 'penguin cams' and 'egg cams' this series can get some really close up shots of the penguins from right inside their nesting grounds making this excellent to watch. We follow the Emperors in Antarctica, the Rockhoppers in the Falklands, and the Humboldts in Peru as they first come to land to lay their eggs, and then to rear their young.
This makes compulsive watching as we see both the joys of birth and the woes when things don't go right. With eggs and young penguins being vulnerable they have to be protected from natural predators, and in the case of the Emperors, the extreme cold, meaning that not all make it to adulthood. As we watch these animals being brought up we can also see group dynamics, with penguins looking for mates, as well as stealing baby birds. And of course as the baby penguins start to move around they will try to fool any penguin into feeding them.
At times funny and others sad this is riveting viewing that really brings penguins to life like never before, and shows the strong survival instincts of these wondrous birds. Narrated by David Tennant this is great viewing for young to old, although there is violence and death in this series. This is a documentary series well worth watching, and I am sure will be viewed many times, both because of its educational value, and also because it is just great tv.