Chinstraps and Glacier

9" x 12˝",  Oil on Panel,  1995

Chinstrap penguins breed on sub-Antarctic islands and in the northern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula. They are similar to the Adélie penguins, but have an aggressive, pugnacious character. Two eggs are usually laid and if krill in the surrounding seas is plentiful, both chicks are likely to survive.

A intruder approaches this family group nesting on the rocky shoreline above tranquil waters in some glacierized bay on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. These youngsters are about a month old and are still covered in down. In another month or so when they have gained their immature plumage they will go to sea for the first time to catch food, at which point they will be abandoned by their parents.

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