2007 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Maria Stenzel

National Geographic

19 January, 2006

Penguins catch shrimp-like krill, their main diet, off Zavodovski Island. Every summer, millions of chinstrap penguins arrive on the remote islands to breed. The islands are uninhabited by humans, but are home to the largest penguin colony in the world. The penguins, which get their name from a distinctive black band under their heads, lay around two eggs that are incubated by both male and female. Chicks hatch after 35 days, and gain their adult plumage after around two months.

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Maria Stenzel

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