King Penguin Chicks, South Georgia by Clare Hogston

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We set sail for South Georgia from the Falkland Islands, and after a rough two and a half days at sea, no-one was more pleased than me to see our first view of the mountains of South Georgia. After having to abort our first landing at Salisbury Plain due to bad weather, the next day was more successful.Salisbury plain is a huge beach backed by low hills and beyond them, snowy mountains.There is a large colony of King Penguins here, and the adults and chicks were scattered at the top of the beach and up amongst the low lying hills.I was there at the end of October, so the adults had not yet laid eggs, and some were still caring for their large chicks from the previous year.These chicks are still covered in brown feathers- but looked more like they were wearing large fur coats.The chicks tended to stick together if their parents were away fishing, and I sat by one group waiting until one of the chicks looked my way.

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