By Josh Saunders
Adorable photos show cute courting penguins cuddling-up to one another in an adorable display of affection before posing for a cute couple’s snap.
The love-up pair of Magellanic penguins were photographed by Derek Pettersson at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands.
He captured the monochrome birds, who will mate for life, as they embraced one another multiple times during a sickeningly sweet show of affection.
Later the male rests his heads on top of the females looking off into the difference similar to a studio posed couples portrait.
Derek, who runs a lodge nearby, says the display was very emotional as he was just metres away from the passionate penguins last month (DEC 23).
On the Falklands archipelago, there are believed to be around 100,000 pairs of Magellanics penguins, scientifically named Spheniscus magellanicus.
Identified by their black and white bands on their head, neck and breast, the portly penguins are known locally as ‘jackass penguins’ due to their loud call that sounds similar to a donkey’s braying.
Derek said: “It was a nice evening with good light so thought I would take a look and see what I could find.
“The penguins are often out and quite friendly most evenings
“This pair of Magellanic penguins are greeting on an evening after coming out of their burrow.
“This is part of courtship and the bonding of a pair.
“I felt quite excited and emotional to see this happening just a few meters from me.
“Volunteer Point is just a great place to photograph penguins and it’s a privilege to work here and call it home.”
To find out more about Volunteer Point and Derek’s lodge visit: www.facebook.com/volunteershouse