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After I finished hanging out with the ellie pups on the beach, I hiked up the tussock grass slope to the grassy/mossy slopes where the gentoo penguins had set up their nesting colony. Here, I was able to sit on a rock and watch gentoo penguins laying upon their nests, which are raised slightly above ground. Gentoos lay 2 eggs about this time of year and the mom and dad take turns daily to incubate the eggs. I watched out for but didn't see the changing of the guard. I did see a parent rise up off the eggs for a minute while it stretched a bit before going back down on top of the eggs. I also saw a penguin chase another one off a nest site (and chased it pretty far), only to eventually wander off after laying on the empty nest a few minutes -- jerk penguin...

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