Pick up a penguin! Shocking moment baby penguin is grabbed from the flock by bird

Pick up a penguin! This was the shocking moment that a baby penguin was plucked from the flock by a crafty predator.

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The tiny Gentoo chick was surrounded by adults at Volunteer Lagoon, in the Falklands, when a Falkland Skua swooped in to make a grab for it.

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The chick had been at the edge of the colony at the time, making it easy prey for the wily Skua which had bided its time before making its daring attack.

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The photos were taken by Derek Pettersson.

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

The Skua snatches the bird from its group as the adults panic

Derek said: “This type of behaviour is quite common amongst the Skua’s at the time of year.

The Skua flies away with the Penguin chick in its beak

The Skua flies away with the Penguin chick in its beak

“They usually wait until the chicks are vulnerable and swoop in to grab them from the colony.

The Skua flies away with the Penguin chick in its beak

The Skua flies away with the Penguin chick in its beak

“I spotted it completely by accident, but it was shocking to see the penguin carried off.”