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The penguin colony at Cape Royds on Ross Island, Antarctica
Credit: Peter West, National Science Foundation

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Adelie penguins colony, Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula.
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Penguin droppings are pinkish because of krill pigments.
Hope Bay.


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Adélie penguin, Hope Bay.
In the southern part of Scotia Sea, small Adelie penguin is the most common species. Large colonies are scattered at South Shetland, South Sandwich, and South Orkney Islands, but the largest one in the region (well over 100,000 pairs) is at Hope Bay at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Most are on rocky flats and slopes overlooking sheltered bays. Unfortunately, such places are often chosen for research stations, and some colonies have already been destroyed completely or partially.
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Adélie penguin, Hope Bay.

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Adelie penguin mountaineering, Hope Bay..

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"Penguin highway", Hope Bay.
Some colonies are a mile or more from the shore. "Penguin highways" - well-used trails from the beach to the breeding grounds - are always fun to watch. On snow or ice, the birds often toboggan along, or use their beaks as icepicks. They feed in huge flocks close to shore, mostly at night. Krill is their main food. Unlike most other penguins, they don't come back to colony to molt, congregating instead on ice floes and small icebergs. In winter, they migrate to the edge of pack ice.
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Adelie penguins on the "highway", Hope Bay.


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Adelie penguin mountaineering, Hope Bay.

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Adélie unge,
Hope Bay.
Adelie penguins' nests are tiny pebble-laid depressions. They lay two eggs. In late summer, you can often see pairs of chicks chasing their parents around, demanding to be fed. Like in most other penguin species, half-grown chicks form creches - densely packed aggregations, often enormous, where they huddle together for warmth. Their parents somehow find them among thousands of other chicks.
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Adélie unge,
Hope Bay.

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Adelie penguin chicks, Hope Bay.

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Molting Adelie penguins on an iceberg, Bransfield Strait


Adelie penguins on the ice of McMurdo Sound.
Credit: Peter West / National Science Foundation

Adelie penguins prefer regions with sea ice coverage nearby. That is because their main food is the Antarctic Krill, which again
require sea ice in order to breed successfully. So with global warming, which are increasing in the Antarctic, this is now a great
treat to the Adelie penguin.
text: www.photovolcanica.com

ARKive video - Adelie penguin - overview
Adelie penguin - overview
BBC Natural History Unit
http://www.arkive.org/adelie-penguin/pygoscelis-adeliae/video-09b.html


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Adélie pingviner (Pygoscelis adeliae), Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula.

Those penguins probably taste well, as they are hunted by both leopard seals and killer whales. Also a favourite food for
Skuas and Giant Petrels are their eggs.
text: www.photovolcanica.com

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