15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Heads Above the Crowd

Although the journey involves well over an hour of serious off-road driving, Volunteer Point on East Falkland, provides the best opportunity to access King Penguins anywhere in the world. The colony numbers about 2,000. In the early austral summer the male penguins display to their potential mate by pointing their beaks skywards. Two King Penguins in the midst of their nesting colony, raise their heads to 'trumpet' and display in unison. Falkland Islands.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: East Falkland, Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © John Birch