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King Penguin

Aptenodytes patagonicus


Very similar to the closely related emperor penguin, but the king is smaller, has a more northerly distribution and the yellow-orange throat patches are distinctly more "spoon shaped". They come in at just under a meter tall. They spend most of their time out at sea, but come on land to breed and form large colonies, on the scale of ~100,000 breeding pairs.


These penguins were in loose aggregates around King Edward Point and Grytviken, South Georgia as they were moulting.


The king penguins here were juvenile penguins going through their first moult to get their adult plumage through. Because of this, they were unable to go in the water, and hadn't fed in a while. We were told to make sure we kept our distance so they didn't get startled and use up energy they didn't need to. There were a lot of these small groups around Cumberland Bay.

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KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Just wow! Thank you for sharing these

staccyh 7 years ago

Great series! I love these guys :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

I am now catching up with your nice spottings Laura!

KarenL 7 years ago

Gorgeous series Laura!

ceherzog 7 years ago

That must have been a sight to behold!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Wonderful series!

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

What an amazing series! Especially love the pic #5 with the iceberg on the background!

LauraMaria 7 years ago

Wow, thanks for all the comments! It was amazing to see these guys :) Telse, I love your comment, now I can't stop picturing them with bright orange ear muffs on!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Wonderful series!

Telse 7 years ago

Great photos. They look like they're wearing winter ear muffs.
(ear warmers) :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

love the fifth pic

VivBraznell 7 years ago

Beautiful series! What a wonderful experience

RiekoS 7 years ago

Truly love your series! Wonderful pictures!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

How adorable!

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South Georgia, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Spotted on Jan 26, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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