King Penguin

King Penguin - Aptenodytes patagonicus


Macquarie Island:  2011:  November.


The second largest penguin after the Emperor.

They often nest and moult in "warmer" places, such as Macquarie Island.

Their plumage pattern is striking.

Like other penguins, pairs seem to have rituals when greeting each other.  Here one parter is preening the other.

Simultaneous movement.

Being close to each other for a moment.

More preening.

It was "hot" (6C) the day we were on Macquarie Island, so this one was cooling down by standing in cool water.

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