Penguin paparazzi! Fluffy penguin chicks caught mobbing camera equipment as they long to beak in the spotlight
These adorably fluffy penguin chicks certainly weren’t camera shy as they mobbed photography equipment desperate to BEAK in the spotlight.
Derek Pettersson, 56, captured the cute moments when the inquisitive offspring peeked, prodded and pulled at everything from cameras to bags, tripods and even tourists.
The shots were taken at Volunteer Point, in the Falkland Islands, where there are believed to be over 1,500 breeding adult king penguins and up to 700 chicks raised each year.
Grandfather Derek compared the chicks to ‘children seeing a camera for the first time’ as they huddled around the equipment curiously nipping at anything in sight.
The king penguins are covered in brown-grey down, which is a wool-like coat that they shed up until the age of two when they have hit maturity – revealing their monochrome and yellow feathers.
Derek, who runs Volunteer House, said: “At this time of the season the chicks are hungry and very inquisitive so like to investigate what is going on.
“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.
“Most of the photographers had large lenses on their cameras but soon had to change to smaller ones.
“While they left the camera bags and tripods the chicks came all around them.
“They remind me of excited young children seeing a camera for the first time
“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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