Photo of the Week: The Nursery
With 15 months from egg laying to an offspring finally fledging the king penguin has one of the longest breeding cycles of any penguin species.
During Antarctic spring (November and December), , the birds breed, producing a single egg that is incubated on one of its parents’ feet covered by a fold of fat. Both parents share incubation duties for about 55 days until the chick hatches. By April, the beginning of Antarctic winter, chicks are almost fully grown but will still gather together while their parents go to sea to feed. “This group of chicks was waiting quietly for a parent to find them,” writes Amanda Stadther. The Minnesota resident used a Canon EOS 450D camera and took the photo lying on her stomach so she would not disturb the
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