Late season penguins

This late in the season, we find two types of penguins, moulting adults and nearly grown up youngsters. The moulting adults try to do as little as possible as moulting costs a lot of energy, and they can’t go out at sea to feed. They just stand in the, almost empty and very dirty colonies waiting for their feathers to grow and become waterproof again.

 

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Gentoo chicks

The other category is the ‘teenage’ chicks. They are almost old enough to go out on their own, but still like to be fed by their parents (or any other adult for that matter). This results often in interesting chases, where a nearly fully grown chick chases an adult in the hope to get some food. Usually in vein, but always worth a try.

 

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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