King penguins in the surf, Salisbury Plains, South Georgia Island.
King penguin’s (Aptenodytes patagonicus) are the second largest of all penguin species. Large colonies of king penguins can be found on islands surrounding Antarctica. On South Georgia Island, where this photo was taken, reports suggest that over 30 colonies of king penguins reside. Colony sizes range from nearly 40,000 breeding pairs to 9,000 pairs. Breeding season is known to occur between September and November.
Did you know: A subspecies of king penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus patagonicus, is found on South Georgia and the Falkand Islands?
Photo: ©Carl Safina
(Photo taken on a Lindblad Expedition)