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Female Emperor penguins lay one precious egg which is incubated by the male while the female heads back for the sea to feed. Once the chick is born, both parents alternate between taking care of the chick at the colony and foraging at sea. But when the chicks grow older en larger, it is very common for both parents to go off to the waters edge of the sea ice to feed.
By the time we visited most chicks had formed a crèche and it was very rare to see family scenes like this.

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