A lot of Kings

Even though King Penguins aren’t the most numerous on South Georgia (have you figured out which ones are?), their colonies are massive. The largest, at St. Andrews Bay, has around 150.000 breeding pairs. 150.000! Breeding pairs! That means 300.000 adult birds call the colony home; there should be 150.000 chicks around and then added to this some non-breeding birds. In total close to half a million birds all standing side by side on the plains.

King Penguins in St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Now there must be other bird colonies of similar size, but usually, they do not consist of birds that are nearly a meter tall. An impressive sight, especially with the chicks grouping in the water to cool down a little.

No matter how often you’ve seen a sight like this, it keeps on amazing me.


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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