South Georgia king penguin colony at St. Andrews Bay

March 13th, 2005

What is the most beautiful place of the world? There are many places in the world deserving to be defined as the most beautiful, and St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia is certainly one of them. In St. Andrews Bay there is a colony of King Penguin counting hundreds of thousands of birds, that are not only "inside" a fantastic landscape, but that are actually the landscape itself. The cruise to South Georgia is getting to its best with this excursion to St. Andrews Bay.

King penguins colony
The cruise ship is anchored off South Georgia's St. Andrews Bay, but already from this distance, it's already possible to see the beach litterally covered by dozens of thousands of king penguins.

 

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King penguins in St Andrews Bay King penguins in St Andrews Bay
Pictures of South Georgia and St. Andrews Bay. This South Georgia landing was the most beautiful and exciting excursion throughout the cruise to Antartica. Dozen of thousands of inquisive King penguins from a nearby colony, seems to greet the tourists all together.

 

King penguins
Photo of king penguins.

 

King penguins South Georgia
The king penguins colony at St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia is immense, with birds extending up to the horizon.

 

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King penguin colony at St Andrews Bay King penguins
King penguins King penguins in South Georgia
King penguin colony at St Andrews Bay King penguins
King penguins South Georgia
What is the best place in the world to see king penguins? South Georgia and St. Andrews Bay are certainly the places to go if you love king penguins and want to see hundreds of thousands of them.

 

King penguin colony panorama
Panoramic photo of the king penguin colony at St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia.

 

Incubating penguins Penguin eggs
Incubating penguins Photos of king penguins, incubating eggs on their feet. The king penguin has a reproduction cycle of 14 months, unique among penguins. This means that, at any time of the year, it's possible to observe the birds at different stages of developments, including eggs, juvenile, adult, with animals molting or not. Therefore, colonies are never left deserted and they can be observed at any time of the year (although nobody will want to go to South Georgia during winter).

 

King penguin chick King penguin chick
More pictures of king penguins, including a small chick. King penguin chicks are totally different from the adults, with long brown "hairs".

 

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Additional king penguin pictures. A small chick is also still present.

 

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South Georgia landscape South Georgia landscape
South Georgia photos, a fantastic place not only for the countless penguins, but also for the dramatic landscape made of alpine peaks and majestic glaciers flowing into the sea.

 

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Other king penguins photos.

 

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Younger kings changing their plumage from jouvanile to adult form (molting penguins)


 

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King penguins in South Georgia.

 

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Pictures of St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia.

 

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More pictures of penguins.

 

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King penguins photo.

 

Penguins resting on their belly King penguins
Penguins resting on their belly Several penguins resting on their bellies.

 

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More photos of South Georgia looking over the King penguin colony.

 

Reindeer in South Georgia
A reindeer (an introduced animal) roams freely between the penguins. I have called it "South Georgia reindeer", although it isn't a different species than european.

 

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South Georgia cruise Pictures with me surrounded by king penguis.

 

Penguins video
CLICK HERE TO SEE A PENGUINS VIDEO (download size: approx. 20 megabytes).

 

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