on Magellan Penguins
Magellan penguin is the most common species of penguins
in South America. They breed on the southern shores
of South America.
photographs on this website were taken at the Seno Otway
penguin colony about 40 kilometers north of Punta Areanus,
The drive to
Seno Otway is a long, 40 kilometer trip on an isolated,
dirt road. If it weren't were my son, who had made the
excursion 18 months prior, it would have been hard to
convince me that we were heading in the right direction
to find the penguin colony. There was no evidence of
the sea and the landscape was bare and dry. The only
road signs (above photo) indicating we were on ther
right road were just a few kilometers from the colony.
The road to the right of the signs is the dirt road
we traveled. As you can tell by the "traffic"
were were not headed to a Disneyland tourist site.
dig burrows into the ground for nesting and protection.
After 6 months at sea, the Magellans return to their
colony in September to breed and raise their young.
The adults mate for life and they recognize each other
by voice. They return to the same burrow year after
year .Two babies are usually born 35 days after the
eggs are laid.
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