An amazing wildlife photographer has shared photos of a once-in-a-lifetime incident that he has never expected before. A yellow-colored penguin!
Yves Adams who is a Belgian landscape and wildlife photographer who led a photo exhibition for two-months in the South Atlantic in December 2019 stopped on an isle in South Georgia to take some photos of a colony of about 120,000 king penguins.
While unloading food and safety equipment needed for his work, Adams had witnessed a quite strange sight that he had never seen before. A bright yellow-colored king penguin.
Adams shared his experience:
“Yellow penguins are unusual and I’ve never heard of such penguins ever in my life. There was only one yellow penguin among the 120,000 birds on that beach that day”.
Fortunately, this had been a great opportunity for the photographers as this particular penguin landed very close to our group. So that, we had an unobstructed view of it.
“It’s our luck to have the penguin right in front of us. We were not blocked by the huge animal group. Normally, moving amidst such a huge crowd of penguins is an impossible task.
We received this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during an unexpected moment. The distance between us and the penguin was nearly 50m”.
The cause for the strange color of this penguin is the condition called leucism that causes a loss of skin pigments. Adams continued:
“The cells of these leucistic penguins do not produce melanin. This stands as the reason for them to lose their black-colored feathers. They’ve received cream-colored feathers instead of black”.
One of the research studies that were published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface says that the yellow pigments that are found in the feathers of the penguins are distinct from the rest of the molecules that add color to the normal feathers.
Researcher Daniel Thomas explained during a discussion:
We suspect that the yellow molecule is an internally synthesized pigment that helps to attract mates.
“This yellow pigment is far too distinct from the five known classes of avian plumage pigmentation. It represents a new class of pigments. This molecule is unknown and unlike the ones that we’ve seen earlier”.
However, we still do not know whether this peculiar plumage of it attracts or repels the ladies from it.
Adams’ expedition has been a great one for him since he was able to capture thousands of important photos. He had continued editing the photographs of the large collection that he had shot throughout his travel.
Source of the information: 9gag