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.
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.