Kiing Penguins on Salisbury Plain
We lead off our review of all 18 penguins with the one we love the most. The most beautiful penguin on the most beautiful island in the world: Salisbury Plain on South Georgia Island.
King Penguin and the Spirit of the Sea
A mystical face appears in the waves of the sea around Maquarie Island. Can you make it out--chin, mouth, nose, eyes, forehead, hair? Just to the right and above the swimming penguin.
King Penguin Splashing
Splish-splash, I was taking a bath!
King Penguin Porpoises
King Penguins do not often get all the way out of the water!
King Penguins and the Colors of Life
Startling colors of the sea on Maquarie Island--half way to Antarctica--harmonize with the orange on the King Penguins!
King Penguin Pair Holding "Hands"
On the pebbled beach of Maquarie Island, I watched this courting couple for an hour. They deliberately "held flippers" or wings as they gaze to the sea--and into their own future?
King penguin--all alone, this bird walks across the sand dunes at Volunteer Point, in the Falkland Islands, on its way to the sea.
King penguins march to sea as a team.
King penguins courting in a colony group--a play of patterns, colors, and beautiful attitudes.
King penguins--reaching skyward like living flames. King penguins gather in huge colonies, and huddle in active, swirling, energetic groups. Here a pair reaches skyward, beaks entwined. Let your spirit burn brightly in fiery passion. How to stand out in a crowd!
King penguins--these stunning birds, perhaps the most beautiful of all penguins, strike haunting poses, which they hold for minutes at a time, as part of their courting rituals.
King Penguins in the final gestures of courtship: the male wraps his head tenderly around the neck and head of his mate. In this posture, they will shuffle in a circle--often preliminary to mating. So beautiful and tender.
King Penguin--the chick (enormous!) begs for food, while four adults at "The Neck" on Saunders Island seem to care for it. It takes a village!
King penguins on South Georgia Island frame a stunning mountain view.
King penguin--in noble profile. Notice the soft white feathers of the belly, the glowing orange chest, the burnished "ear" patches, and the smear of "lipstick" on the beak.