Sunday 16 February 2014

King Penguins of Tierra del Fuego


So awesome! The King Penguin chicks were just hatching, and listening to their sweet little calls and attentive but silent parents was just so peaceful.  Big contrast to the honking mayhem of the Magellanic Penguin colony we'd visited earlier!

Apparently this small colony of King Penguins only very recently set up base here on the island of Tierra del Fuego just across from Punta Arenas - and the farm owner whose land they chose is smiling... Oh yes.  20USD per person to visit smiling.  But hey - we got here on public transport for pennies relative to the crazy sums paid by some tourists to come here.  All agencies back in Punta Arenas assured us that there was no way to get here on our own - but ha!  They would say that...

Fantastic to see King Penguins- and they are indeed the King of all Penguins- in Chile. We saw around 50 adults, juveniles and chicks which was a treat. They really are much more serene, beautiful and graceful than the Magellanic Penguins who were like rowdy paupers in comparison.

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