King Penguin Rookery

Carole-Anne

Campbelltown, Australia

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King Penguins in the rookery at Right Whale Bay on Soth Georgia Island, Southern Ocean.
The King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin at about 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. There are two subspecies—A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli; patagonicus is found in the South Atlantic and halli elsewhere.
There are 10s of thousands of birds in this colony with a total of several 100,000 in the South Georgia archipelago.
(Featured in Love These Creatures, & Other Groups.)
The adults are magbnificent looking birds with the orange patches and beak stripes. The chicks are woolly looking brown bundles. When first discovered by early explorers and whalers they were thought to be a separate breed, since they are so different from the adults, and were called “Woolly Penguins”.
Canon 500D, zoom lens.

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