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Eureka Prize: Dusk Procession

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Dusk Procession: Male Emperor Penguins Find a New Location
 

Photographer:
Gary Miller
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© Gary Miller

Notes

While studying emperor penguins over winter at Auster colony near Mawson Station, Antarctica, we discovered that in the second month of incubation the males would walk 1-2 kms to relocate. Each male carries his egg on his feet and their mates are not due back from their foraging for another 3-4 weeks. It is not clear why they move; perhaps a nearby iceberg shifted, or they want cleaner snow, but it is surprising how readily over a thousand males will walk with their eggs. I adjusted the levels and boosted the saturation slightly, and removed a figure in the distance.

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