A wildlife photographer, Yves Adams, has shared a ‘once in a lifetime’ series of photos of which he believes is a ‘never seen before’ yellow penguin!
Adams was leading a two-month photography expedition through Antarctica and the South Atlantic when the tour stopped off at the wild islands of South Georgia. There, at Salisbury Plain, the photographer stopped to capture a colony of over 120,000 king penguins!
While he unpacked his safety equipment, a group of the monochrome birds swam towards the shore – but one unusual bird caught his eye, a youngster with a bright yellow plumage!
Adams is from Belgium and shared, ‘I’d never seen or heard of a yellow penguin before. There were 120,000 birds on that beach and this was the only yellow one there…It really was something else. It was an incredibly unique experience.’
As for the science behind this intriguing penguin, it is a leucistic penguin and is yellow because its cells don’t create melanin, ‘Its cells don’t create melanin anymore so its black feathers become this yellow and creamy colour.’
Adams continued, ‘We were so lucky the bird landed right where we were. Our view wasn’t blocked by a sea of massive animals. Normally it’s almost impossible to move on this beach because of them all.’
‘It was heaven that he landed by us. If it had been 50 metres away we wouldn’t have been able to get this show of a lifetime.’