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Photo by @daisygilardini | Emperor penguins' breeding season begins in the Southern autumn (April), when the sea ice is - 2110120879764671222

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Emperor penguins' breeding season begins in the Southern autumn (April), when the sea ice is strong enough for the colony to assemble. When the female lays her egg she passes it to her mate and leaves to feed on her own. She will remain at sea, foraging for food, until spring. During those early winter months, the male incubates the egg by perching it on top of his feet, under a warm blanket of folding skin, much like a close-fitting fleece jacket, even as outside temperatures drop as low as -35C. The female will return in July, often to find a newly hatched chick. The male then hands over the chick and he leaves, to feed at sea. The male will periodically return with food during this time, to help raise the chick. Male and female between spending time with their chick and foraging at sea. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes

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