Emperor penguin chicks starting to fledge and get
their adult feathers. The white patches on the chests of some of
these penguins are of tight and water-proof adult feathers. Until these
have grown all over, the chicks have to stay on land. Their juvenile
down is great when dry, but pretty useless when wet.
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This picture by Jerome Maison. © 2005 Bonne Pioche
Productions / Alliance De Production Cinematographique.
Warner Brothers film The March of the Penguins used here by permission
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