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Gentoo Penguins on the Nest by Carole-Anne

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A Gentoo Penguin family, Pygoscelis papua, on the nest on 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”.
(Featured in The Best of Anything and Everything & 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.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work, Awwwwwwwwww gorgeous,

  • Thank you Ann

    – Carole-Anne

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    outstanding capture Carol.

  • Thank you Julie

    – Carole-Anne

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    1 Image 24hrs Nov 24

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 1 year ago

    Congratulations, 25th Nov. 2012….Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • Thank you Shirley, Jean & Rene

    – Carole-Anne

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    This wonderful work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view and participate in comments on our featured page here
    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thank you Konstantinos

    – Carole-Anne

  • CanyonWind
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  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Baby Animals ~ FEATURES ~ December 14th, 2012

  • Thank you Evita

    – Carole-Anne

  • DriftingAudrey
    DriftingAudreyabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you Audrey

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  • Imi Koetz
    Imi Koetz3 months ago

    Fantastic Picture, Carole-Anne…………

  • Thank you Imi

    – Carole-Anne

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