Nesting Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) near Brown Bluff on the Tabarin Peninsula, Weddell Sea, southeastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Adélie penguins are only found along the Antarctic coast living on barren islands and during winter congregate on large icebergs. Swim up to 50 offshore miles per day. Diet: krill, some fish. Main predator: leopard seals.
The Adélie penguins breed from October to February. Adélies build rough circular nests of stones. Two eggs are laid, these are incubated for 32 to 34 days by the parents taking turns (shifts typically last for 12 days). The chicks remain in the nest for 22 days before joining crèches (aka nurseries). The chicks moult into their juvenile plumage and go out to sea after 50 to 60 days.
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