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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    The antics of penguins are guaranteed to make us smile, but some species from this amazing family live in some of the most hostile conditions found on Earth. Acclaimed wildlife photographer David Tipling camped on the sea ice of the Weddell Sea to bring home some astonishing images of Emperors, one of the 17 species of penguin photographed for his new book Penguins in the Wild.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    Tipling recalls camping in Antarctica as like "living in a chest freezer. When katabatic winds roared down from the South Pole I thought the tent was going to take off. It was brutal."
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    A lone Emperor chick is left out in the cold. When the temperature drops, the young huddle together in creches to keep warm. This behavior imitates that of their fathers who, when incubating the eggs in winter, cluster together and take turns to be on the outside. The formation is called a "turtle."
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    Tipling's diary entry on the day this image was taken reads "the storm has raged for 24 hours now but last night we decided to try and make it to the colony. Eventually we reached the Emperor Penguin colony. Around 300 chicks were huddled together which at times disappeared in the blizzard, it was wild and very exciting to be in this storm with the birds."
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    Gentoo Penguins stand below the hanging glaciers and snow-capped peaks that loom over Gold Harbour on the South Atlantic Island of South Georgia.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    It is not hard to see why young Emperor Penguins are used as characters in cartoons and animated movies.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    New life in one of Earth's harshest environments. Born in July, the Emperor chick will be brooded on its parents feet for 45 to 50 days.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    In the 1700s, stylish Englishmen wore outlandish feathered headgear. Exceeding the ordinary bounds of fashion, these foppish dandies became known as Macaronis. When English sailors came across this penguin in the Falklands with its punk-rocker hairstyle, it reminded them of Macaronis back home, hence the name Macaroni Penguin.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    On a slope above Half Moon Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula, an Antarctic Skua circles a Gentoo Penguin as it sits guarding its eggs. The skua eventually gave up and went off to try its luck elsewhere.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    A thin dark line of life in a vast desert of white -- Emperor Penguins toboggan for 30 miles across the sea-ice from their sheltered breeding grounds to the open ocean. They will make this trek many times, but as the ice retreats during the summer, each of their journeys will become shorter than the last.
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  • The Extraordinary and Adorable Antics of Penguins

    During a visit to Right Whale Bay on South Georgia one November, Tipling got caught in a blizzard. These King Penguins formed a long line as they shuffled to the lee of a cliff for shelter. To see more of his work, check out his book "Penguins in the Wild" and his website www.davidtipling.com.
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