Falklands, January 2012
The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin at about 3.0 feet tall and weighing 24 to 35 lb, second only to the
Emperor Penguin. Like all penguin species, it has a streamlined body to minimise drag while swimming, webbed feet to propel
more force when swimming, and wings that have become stiff, flat flippers. There is little difference in plumage between the
male and female, although the latter are slightly smaller. The upper parts features of the King penguin include a silvery-grey
back with a blackish-brown head decorated with ear patches of bright golden-orange.
The best place to see King Penguins is Volunteer Poinrt. We were fortunate to visit this location for an over night visit.
Below in the center is a moulting King Penguin. During moulting the penguin must stay out of water and during that time it can
lose 30% of its body weight.
King Penguins keep their eggs in a pouch above their feet. When the chick hatches, the featherless chick remains in that
pouch for protection. These chicks hatched even as we were in the Falklands.
And, finally, a picture which Jackie took of a chick venturing out to take its first steps.