Penguins In Antarctica And South Georgia


Wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt from Cumbria travelled to the UK’s most remote colony, South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic region, to witness a colossal colony of over a quarter of a million king penguins


The images, taken in the natural harbour of Salisbury Plain, show parent penguins frequently trooping to the shore and back to feed their hungry offspring


The collection shows the tame penguins marching directly towards the camera looking both puzzled and curious, but totally unafraid of the stranger in their midst


King penguin breeding colony on the beach at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia. Salisbury Plain is the second largest colony on the islands, with over 250,000 birds in total


The king penguins are also intimate with each other, and greet each other by rubbing their stomachs together and arching their beautiful gold crested necks


One pair put on a spectacular courtship display – almost creating a mirror image of each other


A king penguin chick, South Georgia


King penguin breeding colony at Gold Harbour, South Georgia


South Georgia is a British dependent island administered from the Falklands


A close up of a king penguin


Nick took a three week voyage on a ship called the Vavilov. He sailed from Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, to the Falklands and from there to the remote island of South Georgia. The voyage also took him to the Yalour Islands and Peterman Island off the Antarctic Peninsula


Gentoo penguins on Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula


Gentoo penguins on Peterman Island, Antarctic Peninsula


An Adelie penguin on an iceberg in the Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula


An Adelie penguin on an iceberg in Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

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