'Where are you, mum?' 200,000 penguins look for their chicks

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This amazing image shows more than 200,000 king penguins searching for their hungry chicks on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia.

The scene was captured by German photographer Michael Poliza after the penguins had returned en masse to their home colony for a new breeding season.

Every year, the king penguin colony at Salisbury Plains, South Georgia, produces around 50,000 chicks - a number which is on the rise.

Mr Poliza, from Hamburg, Germany, said he was left speechless when he was met by the noise, smell and breathtaking sight of the enormous colony.

King penguins lay just one egg each year and the fluffy brown chicks take 11 months to become self-sufficient, so it's fortunate for them that their parents can pick them out...

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'Where are you, mum?' 200,000 penguins look for their chicks

This image, entitled 'It's only a Game' by Neil Aldridge, won the Documentary Series category.

Sixteen-year-old Oliver Wilks won an award in the youth section of the Wildlife photography awards for this amazing image.

Andrew Parkinson won the Animal behaviour category for this image. 

The wildlife on video category was won by Mark Sisson who filmed a great crested grebe family.

This image, taken by Richard Shucksmith, won  top prize at the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011. Greg Armfield, Photography and Film Manager from the World Wildlife Fund, said: 'A truly beautiful shot of a jellyfish that perfectly captures its iridescent colours and magical qualities. All the more remarkable that it exists in UK waters. Fantastic.'


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