16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
King penguin stepping over rock by another

A king penguin looks down and wonders what's lying on the beach: is it an egg to nest on or just a rock to step over? Another penguin is having a look, too, and they both have black and orange heads, white breasts with orange patches at the throat, grey backs and flippers and black feet. Shot with a Nikon D810 in St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia, in February 2016.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Nick Dale