Gentoo Parent and Chick, Macquarie Island by Carole-Anne
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A Gentoo Penguin chick begging its parent for food (Pygoscelis papua). Macquarie Island, possession of Australia in the Southern Ocean.
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”.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.
(Featured in Images of Endearment and others.)
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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gentoo, gentoo penguin, penguin, birds, wildlife, nature, macquarie island, pebbles, beach, pebble beach, black, white, orange, resting, lying down, carole anne fooks

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  • Sushikant S.
    Sushikant S.almost 2 years ago

    wow…love this

  • Thank you

    – Carole-Anne

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago


    4 November 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you Konstantinos

    – Carole-Anne

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago


    This marvelous work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
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    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thank you Konstantinos

    – Carole-Anne

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 2 years ago

    November-4-2012

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  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work…. Congratulations Animal Photo Of the Week!
    The Editors Weekly Choice October 29th- November 4th, 2012
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

  • Thank you Evita

    – Carole-Anne

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 2 years ago

    congratulations on your feature !!!!!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

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