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.
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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Picture book of the movie