Incredible scenes of penguins huddling to keep chicks warm in Antarctic winds

Emperor penguins gathered together to keep their chicks warm in these incredible pictures.

Marine scientist Frederique Oliver snapped the protective parents in Antarctica as they huddled against the huge winds.

Huddling together for warmth, the chicks battle temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius

Huddling together for warmth, the chicks battle temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius

The adorable birds have to battle temperatures on -20 degrees Celsius as well as winds of up to 40 knots on the ice.

In the adorable pictures they can be seen cuddling their fluffy chicks and circling around to keep their babies safe.

Frederique first travelled to the region for research aged 23 and has been managing to snap the birds ever since.

The parents circle around their chicks to protect them from strong winds

The parents circle around their chicks to protect them from strong winds

Australian Frederique, 38, said: “Observing living things has been a passion of mine since I was a kid and I later got into wildlife photography.

“Going to Antarctica for my studies furthered my interest as the light and the amazing wildlife make you a good photographer by default!

“After finishing my PhD in Antarctic Ecology, I realized that I could have a much bigger impact on a broader audience if I produced images rather than writing science publications so I moved towards natural history film making.

Frederique Oliver, who snapped the pics, said: "When photographing the penguins you have to be aware at all times that you are in their world, not the other way around."

Frederique Oliver, who snapped the pics, said: “When photographing the penguins you have to be aware at all times that you are in their world, not the other way around.”

“When photographing the penguins you have to be aware at all times that you are in their world, not the other way around.

“They make you feel humble because they are incredibly adapted to the environment that they are in, whereas it is a challenge for us to survive.

“But it’s also hard for them and so we have to be careful not to disturb them.

“You have to be incredibly patient to get the images of the right behaviour in the right light.

“The focus of photography helps you put up with the extreme conditions, until you decide that you can’t freeze anymore!”