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Gentoo penguin, vocalizing, atop of hill of tall tussock grass, Pygoscelis papua, Carcass Island Magellanic penguins, at their burrow in short grass, in the interior of Carcass Island, Spheniscus magellanicus Gentoo penguin defends its dead chick (right), from the striated caracara (left) that has just killed it.  The penguin continued to defend its lifeless chick for hours, in spite of the futulity and inevitabliityof the final result.  Striated caracaras eventually took possession of the dead chick and fed upon it, Phalcoboenus australis, Pygoscelis papua, Steeple Jason Island Black-browed albatross in flight, against a blue sky.  Black-browed albatrosses have a wingspan reaching up to 8', weigh up to 10 lbs and can live 70 years.  They roam the open ocean for food and return to remote islands for mating and rearing their chicks, Thalassarche melanophrys, Steeple Jason Island Black-browed albatross in flight, over the enormous colony at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands, Thalassarche melanophrys Striated caracara feeds upon a gentoo penguin chick it has just killed, Phalcoboenus australis, Pygoscelis papua, Steeple Jason Island Black-browed albatross colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys Black-browed albatross, feeding its chick on the nest by regurgitating food it was swallowed while foraging at sea, Steeple Jason Island breeding colony.  The single egg is laid in September or October.  Incubation takes 68 to 71 days, after which the chick is tended alternately by both adults until it fledges about 120 days later, Thalassarche melanophrys Black-browed albatross chick on its nest, Steeple Jason Island breeding colony.  The single egg is laid in September or October.  Incubation takes 68 to 71 days, after which the chick is tended alternately by both adults until it fledges about 120 days later, Thalassarche melanophrys Black-browed albatross colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys Zodiac boats, are lowered into the ocean from the ship M/V Polar Star in preparation for a day exploring New Island in the Falklands Photographer takes picture of a spectacular sunset arch, spanning the heavens from horizon to horizon, over the open sea between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island Black-browed albatross, adult and chick, at the enormous colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys Straited caracara, a bird of prey found throughout the Falkland Islands.  The striated caracara is an opportunistic feeder, often scavenging for carrion but also known to attack weak or injured birds, Phalcoboenus australis, Steeple Jason Island Steeple Jason Island at sunrise, one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands.  Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross.  Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society Black-browed albatross colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys Birdwatching, on the stern deck of the ship M/V Polar Star.  While en route between remote ocean islands such as the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkneys and South Shetlands, seabirds often fly alongside the boat Interesting rock formations on plateau atop New Island, with sheer rugged seacliffs and the ocean beyond Photographer Al Bruton, photographing Magellanic penguins on grasslands above the ocean, New Island Sand beach at New Island Settlement, with zodiac ashore and shipwrreck Visitors watch gentoo and Magellanic penguins on beautiful Leopard Beach, coming ashore after they have foraged at sea, Carcass Island Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea White nellie, the white morph of the southern giant petrel.  Southern giant petrel in flight, Macronectes giganteus Southern giant petrel in flight.  The distinctive tube nose (naricorn), characteristic of species in the Procellariidae family (tube-snouts), is easily seen, Macronectes giganteus Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin.  This juvenile has not yet developed the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island Rockhopper penguins, on rocky coastline of New Island in the Falklands.  True to their name, rockhopper penguins scramble over the rocky intertidal zone and up steep hillsides to reach their nesting colonies which may be hundreds of feet above the ocean, often jumping up and over rocks larger than themselves.  Rockhopper penguins reach 23" and 7.5lb in size, and can live 20-30 years.  They feed primarily on feed on krill, squid, octopus, lantern fish, molluscs, plankton, cuttlefish, and crustaceans, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome Kelp goose chicks eating kelp (seaweed).  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island Kelp goose, male showing entirely white plumage.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island Kelp goose, female with multicolored plumage very different from the pure white of male kelp geese.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island Kelp goose chicks, nestled on sand between rocks.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island Imperial shag or blue-eyed shag, in tussock grass.  The Imperial Shag is about 30" long and 4-8 lbs, with males averaging larger than females.  It can dive as deep as 80' while foraging for small benthic fish, crustaceans, polychaetes, gastropods and octopuses, Phalacrocorax atriceps, Leucocarbo atriceps, New Island Patagonian crested duck, on sand beach.  The crested dusk inhabits coastal regions where it forages for invertebrates and marine algae.  The male and female are similar in appearance, Lophonetta specularioides, New Island Upland goose, female, walking across grasslands. Males have a white head and breast, females are brown with black-striped wings and yellow feet. Upland geese are 24-29"  long and weigh about 7 lbs, Chloephaga picta, New Island Upland goose, male, walking across grasslands. Males have a white head and breast, females are brown with black-striped wings and yellow feet. Upland geese are 24-29"  long and weigh about 7 lbs, Chloephaga picta, New Island Magellanic penguin, adult and chick, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Magellanic penguin, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Magellanic penguin, adult and chick, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow.  Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years.  They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island   more ...

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