Volunteer Point is home to the largest concentration of king penguins in the Falkland Islands. During Michael Milicia’s January 2016 visit, he was able to book two nights at the warden’s cottage, which offers very limited lodging but is just a short walk from the beach and penguins.
“The penguins in the Falklands have no fear of humans, as they have never had any ground predators,” he explains. “I walked along with this group of five king penguins on a cloudy afternoon for about 30 minutes as they made their way up the beach. They wandered about but stayed more or less together the entire time. I tried to stay just a little bit ahead of them, and when I saw an interesting arrangement, I would drop to my knees and photograph them as they walked by.
“According to my image metadata, they happened to form this single-file line for only about three seconds, during which I was able to fire off a long burst. There were only a couple shots where none of them had their heads turned away, and this was my favorite.”
Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 125mm, handheld. Exposure: 1/1250 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 800.
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