King Penguin-Stands With A Group Of Fluffy Young Penguins

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Compared with the rest of the crowd, he looks a little underdressed.The lone adult King Penguin – the one in black and white – was spotted wandering into the middle of a gathering of fluffy chicks fattening up on the shoreline.

The chicks, known as woolies for obvious reasons, will hang on to their warm brown downy feathers for a year. They also develop a thick layer of blubber to keep them warm through the winter.The birds pictured are just a handful of the 400,000 King Penguins living at the world’s largest colony on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Photographer David C. Schultz, who took this shot, named it Penguin Day Care.He said: ‘I like this photo because the adult is leaning out and seems to be peering around the chicks.’He added: ‘The penguins will come right up to you and at times they seem to be the welcoming committee for the island.’King penguin chicks are cared for by their parents for around 40 days before they join a creche for warmth and protection from predators. Their parents return occasionally during the winter to feed them.

Males incubate the eggs much like Emperor penguins, but King penguins do this during the warmer summer season. The female goes to the open sea to feed and return in about 21 days so the male only goes a month without food.

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