Chinstrap penguin ballet

 

We can’t help but smile at this photo of a rather elegant-looking chinstrap penguin taken at Half Moon Island, Antarctica.  Approximately 2000 pairs of chinstraps live at Half Moon Island, though whether or not they are all as graceful as this guy remains to be determined.

 

Photo credit:  Daniel and Femke, during our Antarctic Explorer voyage in January 2013.

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