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"Zavodovski Island"
Issue date: 28th November 2016
70p (Macaroni penguins) Although Zavodovski is best known as the largest chinstrap penguin colony in the world, several hundred thousand macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) also breed on the island.

80p (Chinstrap penguins) Zavodovski Island is home to the largest penguin colony in the world – predominantly chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) of which there are estimated to be around 750,000 breeding pairs, plus adolescent non-breeders and chicks.

£1.05 (Chinstrap penguin chicks) Towards the end of January, the chicks are growing so quickly that both parents have to go to sea to feed. They leave the chicks in crèches, beginning as small groups of birds and increasing until they are huddles of ten or twenty individuals and more.

Zavodovksi Island stamp 2016
£1.25 (volcano) On the west side of Zavodovksi Island is the volcanic cone of Mount Curry which daily spews out volcanic clouds. The plateau to the east of it - where the largest aggregation of penguins is found - is known as Asphyxia Plain, and there are other sub-colonies at Stench Point and in the northwest of the Island.


First Day cover image:
Zavodovski Island viewed from the northwest, with the crater of Mount Curry in the centre, with fumaroles emanating from the coast on the right side of the image.



 

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