Feathered foes! Plucky penguins p-p-pick a fight to impress the female in hilarious slapping battle

 There plucky penguins are captured p-p-picking a fight to impress the female in this hilarious slapping battle.

 Derek Pettersson, 56, photographed the battling birds at Volunteer Point in the Falklands Islands, earlier this month.

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 While trying to gain the attention of the female the king penguin males slap and prod one another with their beaks.

 In the amusing shot the grandfather captures what appears to be a slow-motion battle between the penguins showcasing reaction speeds similar to characters on 1999 sci-fi hit The Matrix.

 Derek, who runs a lodge at the tourist hotspot, said: “This is what happens when males are looking for a partner. 

 “Several others join in during courtship to try and get the interested partner.

“They do a lot of slapping and poking with their beaks.

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 “This happens every season during courtship times from mid-November through to February

 “The penguin got slapped, this is just normal courtship behaviour that can be seen every season.

“I was just happy to get a few photos

“I was happy to be able to continue to show people the life and behaviour of these wonderful birds.

“Most people are a little surprised by the pictures at first until I explain why it is happening.

“The best time to see this is from late November until late February.”

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 These were taken at Volunteer Point, in the north east of the archipelago, where there are believed to be over 1,500 breeding adult king penguins and up to 700 chicks raised each year 

Derek added: “They have no natural predators on land in this area.

 “Visitors are asked to stay well back but if they sit down the chicks come right up to investigate 

“As long as the wildlife is respected Volunteer Point is one of the best and easiest accessible places to photograph king penguins.”

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