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Two king penguins overlooking Salisbury Plain in South Georgia. Salisbury Plain (S54°3′ W37°21′) is a broad coastal plain found with the Bay of Isles on the north coast of South Georgia and one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. It lies between the mouths of Grace and Lucas glaciers. It is best known as the breeding site for as many as 100.000 breeding pairs of king penguins. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the king penguin was ruthlessly hunted for oil, blubber, eggs and skins. Owing to its gregarious nature at breeding colonies, the king penguin was an extremely easy target for hunters, with the result that some colonies were completely exterminated. Fortunately, following the banning of commercial hunting, the king penguin population has rebounded, with most breeding locations being once again home to large, secure colonies.
Photo @jasperdoest #onassignment @natgeoexpeditions in #southgeorgia