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PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Nesting gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua). These penguins are tending eggs (top) and chicks (bottom) on nests built up from pebbles and loose rocks. This penguin lays two eggs and the parents alternate feeding trips with incubation and care for the chicks once hatched. The chicks remain in the nest for about 30 days, form creches, and then moult into sub-adult plumage and go to sea at 80 to 100 days. Photographed at Port Lockroy, British Antarctic Territory, on the Antarctic Peninsula.
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