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Chinstrap Penguins are widely distributed in Antarctica. We saw them on Elephant Island, Deception Island and Livingstone Island.
Chinstrap Penguins leap out of the water like a school of dolphins.
Chinstrap Penguins are easily distinguished by the narrow black stripe under the white face.
The Chinstrap Penguin rookery is thickly coated in pink penguin guano. The constant dampness supports a thick, old fish market kind of odor.
Dirty Chinstrap Penguins are constantly waddling into the water as clean penguins haul themselves onto land along the spit.
The air is filled with the constant display cries of male penguins looking for mates.
Hear the Chinstrap Penguins.
"I don't know. Where do you want to go for dinner?"
Chinstrap Penguin chicks sit waiting patiently for their parents to return with food.
Chick feeding is a constant operation in the rookery. The gray chicks tickle the beaks of the adults to trigger a regurgitation of the krill stored in their crops. It is possible to see the pink, shrimp-like crustaceans come up into the mouths of the adults before the chicks reach in to grab them. Krill grow to be nearly two inches long, and large krill wouldn't look out of place on a cocktail shrimp platter.
The downy chicks accumulate a crust of guano on the lower parts of their bodies.
The Chinstrap Penguin chicks rest their heads behind their wings as they napped.
The penguins pay scant attention to the Zodiacs cruising through the strait.
The flat areas near the rocky outcrop are covered in penguins. Other penguins have to climb to higher ground to find a place to raise their chicks.
Some of them climb several hundred feet up the slope to find their chicks.
It must take hours for some of them to climb up to their chicks on the mountainside above the cape.
Sheathbills perch on a high point, keeping an eye out for an opportunity to get some food.
A lone Chinstrap Penguin standing on the shore of Whaler's Bay on Deception Island. The rookeries are all on the perimeter of the island. Penguins don't rook inside Port Foster because they need direct access to the open ocean.
Both Gentoo Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins rook at Hannah Point on Livingstone Island. Their colonies are right next to each other, but they do not mix with each other very much.
The Chinstrap Penguin rookery is much messier than the Gentoo Penguin rookery.
Chinstrap Penguins advertise their availability for mating by flapping their wings and singing at the sky.
Hear the Chinstrap Penguins.
Adult Chinstrap Penguin.
The Chinstrap Penguin Chicks accumulate a coating of guano as they sit around the rookery waiting for their parents to return from feeding at sea.
There are occasional disagreements over territory between the adult penguins.
The pairs of chicks beg the adult penguins to cough up some lunch.
A Chinstrap Penguin and a Gentoo Penguin encounter each other at the boundary between the rookeries.
Background information about the Chinstrap Penguin.
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