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Falkland islands gentoo penguin photos

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Falkland Islands

On the Falkland Islands there are over 300,000 breeding pairs of Gentoo Penguins, about 30% of the planet's population. In short, there's a whole bunch.

The adults are about 30 inches tall and weigh 12 pounds. They live (on average) 8 years

The female lays two eggs in October of the year and both of the dedicated parents take turns sitting on those eggs for 35 days to keep them warm prior to hatching.

After 100 days, the chicks are ready to go to sea, where they eat crustaceans, fish and squid. They don't migrate, and all of them stay in the Falkland Islands throughout the year.

Falkland Islands Photo Page...

300,000 gentoo penguins

With 300,000 Gentoo Penguins in the Falklands they all seem to blur together.

falkland islands gentoo penguins
When the adults return from the sea they literally run through the massive rookery looking for their chick.
falkland islands penguins
And when you're as cute as this, no wonder your parents want to find you.
falkland islands gentoo rookery
A side view of a smaller chick. In the rookery, feathers are everywhere.
falkland island winds
The wind in the Falkland Islands is relentless and very cold, so chicks instinctively put their backs to it.
adult gentoo penguins

These are adults Gentoo Penguins. Note the remnants of their nests.

beach gentoo chicks
On water's edge the proud parent's watch their chick take the plunge. The water is very cold and he (or she) could be asking, "How hungry am I?"
gentoo chicks squabbling
Chicks will squabble over space, but usually, with no harm done.

falkland islands full grown chick
This is a fully grown chick, with most of the molting process over. No doubt this one has been to sea to feed many times.
falkland islands upland geese
Across the Falkland Islands, Upland Geese are a common sight, even in the penguin areas. This is a male, and they are legally hunted because of their tasty meat. Penguins, however, are protected.

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