It's not permanently cold and dark and when the
spring arrives, there can be some warmer days, as high as freezing point
even! The ground in this picture is not grass as it may seem at
first, but sea-ice covered with a liberal layer of penguin guano (poop).
Note also the abandoned egg at the bottom right, if an egg is left alone
for even a short time, it will chill to a point where the developing
chick in it will die. A possible reason that it has been abandoned is
that it was not viable at all - it didn't develop properly for some
reason, or that the mate of the penguin holding it didn't return to
her partner who no choice to leave it and return to the sea to feed
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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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