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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Best Bird Watching: South Georgia Island

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Photo by Mac Seigal
Photo by Mac Seigal

King penguins roost by the hundreds of thousands on this glacier-coated island in the South Atlantic, more than 1,100 miles east of Tierra Del Fuego. Standing 3 to 4 feet high, the second-tallest penguin species mates for the season, with monogamous couples raising their chicks together.

Guide: See them on a 19-day hiking-paddling cruise with Lindblad Expeditions that also includes a stop at Shackleton’s grave and hiking in the Falkland Islands ($15,000 and up; departs from Miami; expeditions.com).


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