"See the very regal King Penguins" Macquarie Island Things to Do Tip by tiabunna
Macquarie Island Things to Do: 14 reviews and 35 photos
Not quite as large as the Emperor Penguin, to which they are closely related, for my money the King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) qualify as the most visually impressive penguins. What they give away in size to the Emperors, the Kings make up for with more highly saturated and defined colours in their markings. So, if you’re a penguin enthusiast and unable to join the few to get deep enough into the Antarctic to see Emperors, all is far from lost! King penguins are found on all the sub-Antarctic islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula.
The breeding cycle of Kings is an extended process, so at any time you will find both chicks and adults in the colony. By the time the chicks have their adult plumage they are almost adult sized.
King penguins form quite large colonies at Macquarie Island, the main one being at Lusitania Bay (see separate tip), but smaller colonies are found on several beaches, including at Sandy Bay. Tourists are able to land at Sandy Bay, where most of these photos were taken, and also are able to see Kings in the station area (though they do not breed there). You will find the Kings inquisitive, but not as much so as the Royals, and with a degree of dignity the Royals sadly lack!
Main photo: As I was saying about colours!
Second photo: King penguins near the station
Third photo: Penguins lean aside for the Marina Svetaeva!
Third photo: It’s hard to believe those strange brown creatures mature into King penguins!
Address: Beaches of Macquarie Island
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