The Island of Kings

Of course, Shackleton’s name is forever connected to South Georgia, but nowadays the island is more the Island of Kings. King Penguins that is. With little less as half a million breeding pairs, they are maybe not the most numerous (Quiz question: which species is the most numerous on the island?), but easy to find and a very charismatic species.

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Adult King Penguin

The King Penguins are the second largest penguin, after the Emperor, with a height of nearly a meter. They have a unique breeding cycle that lasts for 1.5 years, allowing them only to raise two chicks every three years. This also means there are always a variety of chicks in different stages present at the colony, even during winter. This makes it always a great pleasure to visit a colony of King Penguins.

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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