March 1, 2016

2342 ANTARCTICA - King Penguin

The king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin (after emperor penguin), with 70 to 100cm tall and 11 to 16 kg weight. It is similar in appearance to emperor penguin, but their ranges don't usually overlap. Cheeks are dark orange, the belly is white, but the back is paler than other penguins, more of a grey than black. Ear patches are pale yellow rather than orange and the throat is grey-white. Reaches adult plumage after two years.

King penguins eat small fish, mainly lanternfish, and squid and rely less than most Southern Ocean predators on krill and other crustaceans. On foraging trips they repeatedly dive to over 100m, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300m. They breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. No other bird has a longer breeding cycle. They take 14 to 16 months to fledge a single chick.

About the stamps

The first stamp it isn't really a stamp, but rather an indicator label: "Postage paid to nearest mail receptacle."  If anyone knows more about this "stamp", I ask him to help me.
The real stamp is a Global Forever First-Class Mail International one, about which I wrote here.
About the postmarks
On the postcard are two postmarks, both from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, the United States scientific research station located at the Geographic South Pole.I don't know why are two, with diferent dates.
King Penguin - Wikipedia
King Penguin - Penguin World

Sent from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (Antarctica), on 25.01.2016
Photo: Sharon Chester / Comstock

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