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After Joe and Dave and the rest of us exhausted our pipit-finding skills, we turned to the king penguin colony here. There are an estimated 60,000 pairs of penguins who come here to breed each year, plus all the oakum boys, so this is quite a colony! They stretch out for quite a distance on the plain, but they also have colonized the mountainside. And as we've come to expect, they make a raucous ruckus, trumpeting and whistling up a storm. The oakum boys are still my favorite, even if they're still more laid back than that first group we met.

Top photo: Portion of the colony; you can see the brown oakum boys on the side of the hill
Middle photo: Oakum boys
Bottom photo: Colony

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