Gentoo Penguin Family Feeding Chick by Carole-Anne

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A Gentoo Penguin family, Pygoscelis papua, on the pebble beach on Macquarie Island, possession of Australia in the Southern Ocean.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.
(Featured in Images of Endearment, & 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.
Macquarie Island is World Heritage Listed.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 2 years ago

    October-18-2012

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  • Thank you Laura

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture, with an interesting read Carole-Anne

  • Thank you Larry

    – Carole-Anne

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • lumiwa
    lumiwaabout 2 years ago

    wonderful!

  • Thank you

    – Carole-Anne

  • CanyonWind
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  • YOUSERVICE
    YOUSERVICEabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you

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  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...about 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, great capture!!!

  • Thank you Cynthia

    – Carole-Anne

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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  • Thank you Evita

    – Carole-Anne

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Great capture of this very cute family Carole-Anne!

  • Thank you

    – Carole-Anne

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