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Tuxedo black highlighted with soft-white bellies - Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) are iconic for their style. They're small, coming in at about 2 feet tall and 10 pounds in weight. Aside from their striking look, we know them for their awkward waddle. The little clodhoppers make their way to land every Austral spring, around October or November, where males will make nests of small stones and pebbles to attract a mate. When the females arrive, they pair off and mate, laying a clutch of two eggs. When the eggs hatch, the newborn Adélie chicks find themselves in a land of snow and ice - a frigid, polar desert. These chicks will be harassed by predators like skuas, highly intelligent and merciless birds that use cunning and opportunity to pick off young penguins. If the chicks make it to fledging, they then have to contend with leopard seals. Should they survive this trying first year of life, they will then breed themselves in a few years time. It's not an easy life, but these small, hardy birds have found a way to make it in the Antarctic. These images catalogue what life is like for Adélies along the Western Antarctic Peninsula during the Austral Summer. The black and white styling of the images is in homage to the simple coloring of these birds, allowing one to focus entirely on the birds as they fight to reproduce in the coldest and windiest place on the planet.