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    King Penguins, South Georgia Island

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     onimity photographed these King Penguins on South Georgia Island while en route to Antarctica. "There was a lot of snow, and a fair amount of blowing sand too," she said. "Even though it was Spring in South Georgia, it was really cold and windy."

    Most of the photos were taken on Gold Harbour beach and show adult and juvenile King Penguins. "The most amazing thing about the penguins at South Georgia was the way that they were not bothered by people as long as we were quiet and moved slowly," she said. "I sat still on the beach for quite a while taking photos and was surprised to look down from my camera to see that a baby penguin was pecking at my camera bag."
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    South Georgia Island isn't easy to get to, but the incredible views and wildlife make the effort to get there rewarding; well-known to many as the landing place of Shackleton's epic voyage in the James Caird, South Georgia Island was long home to whaling operations. The wildlife consists, on land, of mostly birds and seals. The penguins are largely unafraid of humans, so long as we keep our distance and don't move suddenly. They don't have land-based predators, so they are more curious than afraid. The baby king penguins are covered in fluffy brown down which is beautiful when it collects snow.

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