A very rare sighting of a lone adult king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) among breeding and nesting colonies of chinstrap penguins on Barrentos Island in the Aitcho Island Group, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. King penguins are rarely found below 60 degrees south, and almost never on the Antarctic Peninsula. This lone adult is most likely from the island of South Georgia, almost 900 miles away from where it is now. It most likely was out foraging and stopped here on Barrentos to rest.


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Image ID: 0101548-MNO

A very rare sighting of a lone adult king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) among breeding and nesting colonies of chinstrap penguins on Barrentos Island in the Aitcho Island Group, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. King penguins are rarely found below 60 degrees south, and almost never on the Antarctic Peninsula. This lone adult is most likely from the island of South Georgia, almost 900 miles away from where it is now. It most likely was out foraging and stopped here on Barrentos to rest.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Michael S. Nolan

Image dimensions: 4155x3200