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Life of the pinguins

Puerto Madryn, Argentina


Not on the ruta 40 anymore but on the east coast to see 2 highlights on the Valdes peninsula (try to find a map, the shape of it is quite specific).
The weather has also changed (now I´m in the "real" Patagonia where wind make you feel like someone is playing with a huge ventilator turning it on and off so that you don´t get use to the speed of it)
The main city is Puerto Madryn and around 160 km south, there is punta tombo, one of the biggest natural reserve of magellan pinguins. They are around 70-80 cm tall and have this caracteristical white stripe around the neck. The breading season just started. You can just watch them and take a lesson of life. I choose a nice couple (Nestor and his wife Nestorita) to show you around. In case you go there, just ask for them in case you can not recognize them from the other couples.

Pinguins are very friendly but don´t put your finger, that may hurt...

I observed 1 or 2 eggs per couple with some births already and obviously Nestor Junior is very hungry

While Nestorita is feeding the children, Nestor is doing some exercise with a guanaco in the background that just don´t care.

Not so funny but life´s reality. Those seabirds just steal everything they can. The little eagle is just queeing to get the rest of it, just in case...

Sorry for the comment below, I could not resist!


permalink written by  thetourist on November 23, 2007 from Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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