From what I could tell, king penguins are natural big city dwellers. The other penguin species must feel like country bumpkins whenever they wander unexpectedly into one of their enormous breeding grounds. Right Whale Bay in South Georgia was our first view of one. Initially hidden until we made our way over a high knoll defended by young fur seals, a dense colony opened up before us with several tens of thousand pairs engaged in the day-to-day life of siring and raising a family. No nest is built, but they seem to know exactly which distinct piece of ground belongs to each pair and always manage to find their way back through the multitudes from their regular fishing trips.

–Photo and text by Bill Abbott, Wilderness Travel Founder and President, Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands

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