Watching tiny Emperor penguin chicks breaking out of their eggs, guarded for so long and so carefully by their fathers, was among the most magical moments I had filmed in Antarctica’s Atka Bay. For nine weeks, each egg had rested on its father’s feet, protected by the ‘brood pouch’, a warm layer of feathered skin. And, as each new arrival chirped through the shell’s hole to announce that it was trying to break free, its father bent down to greet it, his bill gently making contact with his chick for the first time. Lindsay McCrae digs a ramp to help free the Emperor penguins from the icy gully They were intimate moments I knew I would treasure for ever. But I was also worried about the survival of these incredibly cute chicks I got to know in the following weeks of filming. Within a month, the first arrivals had doubled in weight and were too big for the brood pouches. Forced on to the ice by their parents, they were strong enough that this was not immediately life-threatening, but we were about to be hit by the worst weather of the year. It would be a challenge even for the… Read full this story
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