Thursday, February 08, 2007

Feeding gentoo penguins

January, 2007
As the third largest penguin species on the planet, the gentoo penguin parent has to work VERY hard to feed two chicks. It must be like raising a teenager who is constantly eating you out of house and home! As I look back over my penguin images from this last trip to Antarctica I have come to realize that this is the way I most often see and photograph gentoo penguins...being fed! As the chicks get larger they become AGGRESSIVE to any adult who might be returning from the sea with a meal. No wonder the adults finally just abandon the chick to find its own way... guess you might say they are simply "fed up"!

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