It happened in 2019, when he was leading a two-month photography expedition through Antarctica and the South Atlantic. It was then, when he stopped off at the wild islands of South Georgia for a moment. He wanted to photograph the colony of more than 120,000 king penguins. But there was one pretty unique bird that caught his attention.
Among the 120,000 birds on that beach, this was the only one to be yellow in color. Adams describes it as a very unusual experience. He says that he’ll always remember that moment because it was incredibly unique.
The photographer explains that they were extremely lucky because this tropical-looking penguin happened to land right on the beach, really close to the group he was leading.
If it had been like 50 meters away, they wouldn’t have been able to capture it so perfectly. Therefore, all the photographers had a chance to have a great view of it, since it was not blocked by all the other penguins and seals in the area. In a normal day, it seems to be so impossible to move on the beach because of all those animals.
According to Adams, the penguin was probably “leucistic”. I means that its cells probably no longer create melanin. Thus, the black feathers got their yellow and creamy color.
This is the first clear picture of such a penguin, even though a 1999 study stated that leucism exists in about 1 in 120,000 Adelie penguins.