South Georgia Island and the Falklands- in benefit of the South Georgia Heritage Trust - naturalrealm

King penguins and Oakum Boys (chicks) congregate an area of glacial runoff, a source of fresh water, South Georgia Island. Oakum is a preparation of tarred fiber used in shipbuilding, for caulking or packing the joints of timbers in wooden vessels, and the color of the material was thus used to describe chick king penguins as "oakum boys." These brown feathers will be molted off in favor of the grey/blue/white/black and orange seen in the adults in the photo.

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