King Penguin
Aptenodytes patagonicus
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus). Standing three-feet tall and weighing approximately 35-40 pounds, King Penguins are second in size only to the Emperor Penguin (A. forsteri). These are highly social birds that nest in huge colonies on the island of South Georgia and on a number of other sub-antarctic islands. Some of the colonies are known to number 100,000 birds or more. The first set of images here were all taken at Gold Harbor, South Georgia, in January, 2003, with a Canon D60 and EF 70-200 F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender. I will note in the captions below when the images are from another trip.
One of the most spectacular experiences in the natural world is to visit a large King Penguin colony such as the one at Gold Harbor, South Georgia.
This is another view of part of the King Penguin colony at Gold Harbor. The brown bird at King Penguin chicks, about one year old.
The next set of images show King Penguins at another large colony at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia, in February, 2005.These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and a variety of lenses.
The adult shown here is feeding a one year old chick.