By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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The remote Antarctic island of South Georgia is home to numerous penguin species, including king, macaroni and rockhopper penguins.
In January 2015 wildlife photographer David Tiplin, travelled to this busy island by boat with a team of biologists to take images for his new book Seabirds of the World.
He said: “The journey out on the 80-foot-long Hans Hansson was uneventful.
"However the return journey back to the Falklands a five day crossing was horrendous as we battled against 40 knot winds and eight metre swells.
“As the boat lurched and rolled the view of churning water from my porthole made it feel like we were stuck in a washing machine."
The huge penguin colonies along the east coast of South Georgia are some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife found anywhere on the planet.
The award–winning photographer said: “Navigating through the waist high tussock to reach my vantage point to create this image, I was assaulted by the strong stench of guano and the sounds of thousands of peeping chicks and trumpeting adults.
"An estimated 300,000 birds crowd together here in surely one of Earth's most spectacular seabird cities.”
And while the sheer number of penguins may come across intimidating, according to Tiplin these flightless birds are very docile and inquisitive animals
He said: “They are often curious, and if you sit quietly at the edge of a colony individuals will often approach and look at you as if you were a fellow giant penguin.”
Tipling has travelled the oceans and visited remote islands across the globe to reveal the secret lives of some of earth’s most enigmatic species of bird.
His new book ‘Seabirds of the World’ is a celebration of these remarkable birds, many of which have populations in crisis.
"Never before has such a large group of birds needed such urgent action to save them from the brink,” he added.
Seabirds of the World by David Tipling is published by Reed New Holland at £16.99 in hardback, and available from all good bookshops or online on Amazon.