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Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Gold Harbor is the southernmost point of South Georgia. Here, along a coastline of high cliffs and deep fjords is the empire of the King penguin. Adelie, Gentoo, Chinstrap, Magellanic, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins also reside on the island, as well as giant petrels, elegant snow petrels and an abundance of South Georgia pipits. Our visit coincides with the peak season for wildlife, and it is astonishing to see the penguins feed their hungry young and see the throngs of brightly marked King penguins, many of them large youngsters clad in chocolate-brown fluff and looking larger than their parents.