15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
King penguins engage in a mating display on South Georgia Island

After a pre-dawn zodiac ride to the beach, I sat on the sand as curious King penguins surrounded me. To the tune of belching and roaring elephant seals, these two lovebirds completed a perfect moment.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: South Georgia Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Camera: DMC-LX100
Copyright: © Shelley Sandusky