Penguin Island!

The day we visited a penguin colony.

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We had heard about several penguin colonies around southern Patagonia. The Isla Magdalena on the Magellan straight is home for part of the year to a Magellanic penguin colony. We were visiting at the end of summer, and many of the penguins had already left to begin their migration north, to Brazil.

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Quite a number of penguins had not begun the migration and once on the island, two hours of snapping followed…

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Hello, you!

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Come on guys, follow me!

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Just hangin’

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Awkward teenagers….

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….still with some baby feathers.

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Call of the penguins.

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Come on….

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…. get in the house.

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Dirty tummy.

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Next years Valentines card sorted.

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Snuggling.

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The life of a penguin seems quite appealing to me; to live in a non hierarchical community and spent your day snuggling, fishing and swimming; I would not, however, go as far as saying they are my spirit animal.

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Cleaning.

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Rugby ball.

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Possibly the cutest of them all.

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Looking out over the penguin empire.

Here, a few non penguin photos of the day trip….

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The prospect of seeing penguins in Patagonia was a significant influencing factor in Charmian’s decision to extend her flight, and ride to Ushuaia. We were told “don’t touch the penguins”, which was hard for Charms.

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As sign in the toilet at the port.

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The port in Punta Arenas.

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The boat had come down from Florida.

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Margaret Thatcher’s toilet.

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Some Japanese film crew.

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Team Penguin.

 

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