They gorge for good reason. The summer season down here doesn't last long, and tiny penguins have only seven weeks or so to bulk up before their parents abandon them. Once mid-February comes, they'll have to fend for themselves. Fortunately, that's also when krill are most abundant, making feeding a bit easier for the fledgling krill hunters.
My camera thrummed with rapid-fire shutter clicks. Tiny penguins popped up left and right, and I swung back and forth and back again to catch them in the act, like a photographic version of Whac-a-Mole. An hour later, I was still snapping photos — and still loving it. I even couldn't hold back the occasional "Awwwwwwwww" as the wiggly chicks made themselves visible.
Even the penguin researchers were enthralled, and watched eagerly to spot new chicks or an egg about to hatch. It never seemed to get old to them, even after countless days out in the cold and muck, racing from island to island in swelling seas, missing meals and working long hours.
I guess when your office mates are squirming balls of fluffy chirping cuteness, it's easy to love your job.
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