Wildlife photographer snaps shot of ‘never-before-seen’ yellow penguin

Wildlife photographer snaps shot of ‘never-before-seen’ yellow penguin

He waddled right into the spotlight.

A “never-before-seen” yellow penguin was captured on camera by a Belgian wildlife photographer, making nature lovers squawk with joy.

Yves Adams was snapping photos of a colony of 120,000 king penguins in South Georgia, an island in the southern Atlantic, in December 2019 when he spotted the rare bird, he told Kennedy News.

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“It was heaven that he landed by us,” Adams said. “If it had been 50 meters away we wouldn’t have been able to get this show of a lifetime.”

Adams’ series of enthralling shots show the canary-yellow creature flapping belly-down in the water and waddling next to his conventional-looking counterparts.

Close-ups show the penguin — whose coloring is due to the pigmentation condition leucism — with fully yellow plumage, and even yellow peepers.

The yellow King Penguin stands out from its black-and-white-peers.Yves Adams/Kennedy News

Adams shared the images of animal Instagram this week, making bird buffs swoon.

“That’s absolutely amazing,” one observer cawed.


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