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Gentoo Penguin

Pygoscelis papua

Description:

Easily identified by the bright orange beak and white patch that runs along the top of the head between the eyes. Also has a rather long tail for a penguin. They are actually the third largest penguin species, though there is quite a gap between the gentoo and the king (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/197...) and emperor penguin. Their diet is made up mainly of crustaceans like krill, and they are the fastest swimmers of all the penguin species.

Habitat:

Circumpolar distribution, breed on subantarctic islands and the Antarctic peninsula. This individual was found in the protected cove by King Edward Point, South Georgia, walking along the shingle beach.

Notes:

As far as I'm aware, it's strange to see these penguins both on their own and in this area of South Georgia. I have no idea how this little guy ended up where he was. I'm still not sure if that white patch on his rump is as a result of moulting, or if he was attacked by something. We were walking from Grytviken back to our ship at King Edward Point when we stumbled upon this lone gentoo walking in the opposite direction. He stopped to pose for some pictures, then ran off to Grytviken!

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10 Comments

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

So Cute!:)

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Beautiful series!!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 6 years ago

I love penguins too, it was so great to see them in their natural habitat!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Haven't seen very many...but I just love penguins.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Such a nice series!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Thanks Karen and briansekis1982!

briansekis1982
briansekis1982 7 years ago

Sweet <3

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Wonderful series Laura!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 years ago

Thanks very much Nuwan :D

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Lovely pics!

LauraMaria
Spotted by
LauraMaria

South Georgia, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Spotted on Jan 26, 2013
Submitted on Mar 26, 2013

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