Charming Chick Photos: Antarctica's Baby Penguins
Amazing emperor penguins
A recent visit to a remote emperor penguin colony on East Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast found 15,000 penguins living in four groups, including thousands of cute, fuzzy chicks. The expedition leaders watched penguin parents deliver regurgitated meals to their demanding young, as the entire group slowly waddled toward the open sea 6 miles (10 kilometers) away.
A parade of penguins heads for the sea, to hunt for fish, squid and other marine creatures.
Sea of chicks
Further inland, thousands of chicks wait for their parents to return with a warm meal.
Two sleepy chicks
Fuzzy baby penguins take a nap on the Antarctic ice.
A tall ice cliff shelters the penguin colony from Antarctica's fierce winds.
Penguin parents regurgitate meals for their chicks. The chicks are raised far inland from the edge of the ice, where snapping seals might make a meal of penguin young.
A baby penguin asks for more food.
Adélie penguins are smaller and shorter than emperor penguins.
The regal visage of an Emperor penguin glistens under the summer Antarctic sun.
Emperor penguins launch themselves onto the ice after a hunt.
Who are you?
An inquisitive emperor penguin checks out visitors from Belgium's Princess Elisabeth polar research station.
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