King Penguins, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island by Marie-Eve Glasson

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In 2019, I got the chance to board on a vessel that brought me to a very remote land: South Georgia. The expedition was planned to start with a couple of days in Falklands Islands after leaving Ushuaia, and then heading to South Georgia. Storms decided otherwise and after 4 days of rough sea we were in South Georgia. We were the first vessel of the season, and had the impression were completely alone on this very remote land. We spent 10 days in total in South Georgia, off-boarding on nearly all possible spots to photograph penguins, sea elephants, and beautiful landscapes.
This picture was taken on Salisbury Plain where can be found the second largest king penguin colony in the area and one of the largest in the world. It is an impressive colony by its size and also because penguins would barely look at just, and would keep going their way on the beach, in and out of the water. We went twice the same day to this beach, in the morning blue sky, but late afternoon, weather stared to change while we were waiting to get on the zodiac back to the vessel. The wind suddenly picked up and the lights changed completely. This changed completely the atmosphere and by chance, there were four penguins were standing in this light surrounded by flying snow.

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