The king penguins of Salisbury plains

The king penguins of Salisbury plains

Often considered one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world, stepping from Zodiac to shore at South Georgia’s Salisbury plains amid a vast cacophony of breeding king penguins is a experience you’ll never forget. They waddle the beach amongst baby fur seals right by you: unafraid, unperturbed, even inquisitive. Walk amongst them and up onto the plain and before you behold an overwhelming sight: a colossal hillside gathering, like the world’s largest garden party or a Washington monument war protest, a sea of penguins stretching out into the distance. It is difficult to comprehend the immensity of the rookery; there are so few equivalents when humans have gathered in such profusion. On and on, from shoreline to hilltop, the colourful penguins and their fluff-ball chicks cavort, chatter, moult, mate and meander. It is noisy, overwhelming and real. Not to be missed.

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