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A Gentoo Penguin parent, Pygoscelis papua, with its chick begging for food. Saunders Island in the Falkland Island group, Southern Atlantic Ocean.
(Featured in Love These Creatures, & Other Groups.)
The gentoo penguin is easily recognized by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head and its bright orange-red bill. They have orange webbed feet and a fairly long tail – the most prominent tail of all penguins. Chicks have grey backs with white fronts. As the Gentoo penguin waddles along on land, its tail sticks out behind, sweeping from side to side, hence the scientific name Pygoscelis, which means “rump-tailed”.
Gentoos breed on many sub-Antarctic islands. The main colonies are on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Kerguelen Islands; smaller populations are found on Macquarie Island, Heard Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The total breeding population is estimated to be over 300,000 pairs. Nests are usually made from a roughly circular pile of stones and can be quite large, 20 cm high and 25 cm in diameter. The stones are jealously guarded and their ownership can be the subject of noisy disputes between individual penguins. They are also prized by the females, even to the point that a male penguin can obtain the favors of a female by offering her a nice stone.
Due to global warming Gentoo Penguins are moving progressively further south to breed each year.
Canon 500S, zoom lens.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon7 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
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  • Thank you Ann

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    dgscotland7 months ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaB7 months ago

    December 7, 2013

    Beautiful work!

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...7 months ago


    8 December 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep7 months ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for adding this work to IWP! Gena

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  • Evita
    Evita6 months ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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