Wednesday Wings


From Kreator come these wonderful images of penguins in the wild, the Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve, home of the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in South America.

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Make sure to click below the fold for all their beauty.

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Comments

  1. avalus says

    Without the smell, I just love penguins! I am intrigued, that they let you take a picture of their eggs.

  2. Jazzlet says

    That last one made me laugh “Yup still there!”. I guess it’s really adjusting the position of the eggs, but it really does look as if it’s checking there are still two underneath it.

  3. Kreator says

    @avalus:
    Smell? These penguins aren’t smelly at all, I assure you!

    I am intrigued, that they let you take a picture of their eggs

    In fact, the penguin in the last two pictures was quite pissed at the tourists for staring at its nest; you can clearly notice its defiant expression. It was making a lot of noise and moving around trying to hide the eggs from view (though I wouldn’t discard Jazzlet’s initial impression!) I took the pictures as quickly as possible in order to leave it alone. As for the previous parent, it seems that it was simply too busy grooming itself to care.

    By the way, this time I noticed way less penguings than in my previous visits, usually you had to make quite an effort not to see clusters of them. As I found out a couple of days after sending these pictures, that’s because this season a large portion of the colony has decided to nest further up north. I’m honestly not surprised; last year I was told that due to overfishing the penguins were having difficulties finding food, taking longer to return to land and often settling for shrimp instead of the fish they usually caught. This was a problem as they couldn’t digest the shells, and piles of them that the birds had regurgitated could be found all over the place (this year they’re completely absent). Sadly, the days of Punta Tombo as the largest penguin colony could soon be coming to an end.

  4. coragyps says

    We enjoyed seeing these little guys immensely at Puerto Madryn a couple of years ago. The most startling thing about them was their call -- just like a donkey’s. Surprising, coming out of a smallish bird.

  5. says

    I looked at the pictures (naturally) before reading any of the information, and was thinking “wait, desert penguins!?” I’ve been to places like Death Valley and the terrain looks kind of like that, so my brain just assumed “aha, penguin in Death Valley.” My brain is not very good at these things, apparently.

  6. Nightjar says

    The 4th photo is fabulous, I love everything about it. The landscape, the pose of the penguin and the flying bird in the right corner. So lovely.

    I’m sorry to hear the colony is disappearing. Humans always ruin everything.

  7. avalus says

    @Kreator#3: I only know Penguins from Zoos, so my experience is different. Thanks for educating me/us about these wonderful beings!

  8. Kreator says

    I’m glad you all liked the pictures; I might visit the reservation again next year, once the chicks have grown, so with luck there may be a sequel.

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