Rare yellow penguins


The yellow-colored penguin stands out among the black and white birds on the South Georgia island and becomes the focus of the photographer's lens.

The white penguin standing next to the common feather color.  Photo: Yves Adams.

The white penguin standing next to the common feather color. Photo: Yves Adams.

Wildlife photographer Yves Adams sees king penguins have unusually yellow plumage instead of the jet-black plumage commonly seen on a two-day combined photography expedition in Antarctica and South Atlantic Ocean. The young bird roams the beach and shows off its tropical plumage while standing next to an ordinary black-white penguin.

While stopping in the South Georgia archipelago, the 43-year-old photographer and his team traveled to the Salisbury Plain to photograph a population of more than 120,000 king penguins. When Yves took off his safety device, a group of penguins swam ashore and special colored penguins immediately caught his attention. Yves quickly grabbed the camera and captured the golden penguin he has never seen before.

"There are 120,000 penguins on the beach and there is only one yellow bird there. They all look normal except this one. This is a very unique experience," said Yves. .

According to Yves, the penguin's flamboyant plumage is the result of leukoplakia syndrome, a mutation that inhibits the production of melanin in the feathers, leaving the animal white, pale, or mottled. . The degree of manifestation of the leukoplakia can be concentrated in a few hairs to the entire coat. Many species of penguins have a few rare individuals with completely white feathers, according to expert P. Dee Boersma at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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