SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 in aid of RSPB - 1st Place
More info on the competition click here: SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2019
We are incredibly excited to announce the 2019 SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year Competition winners.
The inaugural competition has been a huge success and we are also delighted to announce that we managed to raise an incredible £2,850,84 for the RSPB.
Congratulations to Thomas Vijayan with this image entitled "My Family"
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The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica.
The male and female are similar in plumage and size. They spend their entire lives on Antarctic ice and in its waters.
These flightless birds breed in the winter. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves!
Each penguin egg's father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cozy. There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. The males eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while.As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish.
There is a reason for the timing of emperor penguins' hatching. By December, when the Antarctic weather has warmed somewhat, the ice the penguins occupy begins to break up, bringing open waters closer to the nesting sites. Now the chicks are old enough to take to the seas and fish for their own food.
The offspring grow rapidly in summer when food at sea is plentiful. By December, the chicks are on their own. Five years from now, if they survive in their ocean home, the young penguins will return to become parents themselves.
1st Place see HERE
2nd Place see HERE
3rd Place see HERE
Judges Choice see HERE
Highly Commended images see HERE
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