Item Number: 2893LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Think about it: every wild creature on Earth is an extension of its habitat, a result of adaptation and survival of the fittest going back millions of years. In the Southern Hemisphere, penguins are walking, swimming, non-flying wonders. Birds that behave like mammals, they bring a sense of sartorial splendor to the harsh, stark, seaward environments they call home.
was photographed on a spit of land encircled by St. Andrews Bay in the far southern Atlantic. Here, king penguins preen, shake off water and seem to dance after feeding on krill during an early morning swim.
“I’ve been going to Antarctica for years and the penguin colonies of South Georgia Island rank right up there on my list of favorite destinations,” Thomas D. Mangelsen says. “They are, in a way, like a reflection of human societies in which we make generalizations about masses of people without realizing it is comprised of a composition of individuals, each playing an important role within their community.”