Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Flight of the penguins

We visited the Magellanic penguin colony at Punta Tombo, the largest single penguin colony on the South American continent, because Laura wanted to see more penguins. As it was spring, most of the penguins were busy incubating their eggs in small burrows, with the parents taking turns making fishing trips. We saw lots of eggs, and had been told that chicks should be hatching any day, but there was no sign of them yet (much to Laura's disappointment).

A guanaco (another wild relative to the vicuña and the domestic llama and alpaca)

Penguin love

This egg was nabbed from its nest by a sneaky seagull.

You get dirty sitting in a nest all day, and these penguins were bathing themselves very energetically.

Argentina, November 12th, 2009

1 comment:

Penny said...

Wonderful pictures of the penguins. I'm glad I didn't have to worry about murderous seagulls!! I'm amazed that they let you get so close! What an adventure.