Magellanic Penguins in Patagonia

One of the many highlights on a journey to Chile is a visit to Pinguinera de Seno Otway, in southern Patagonia. Located about an hour northwest of Punta Arenas, these are the breeding grounds of a colony of Magellanic penguins, also called jackass penguins because of their braying calls associated with excitement. They are shy and much smaller than their more-famous brethren, the Emperor penguins.

Here, after an 18 mile drive down a gravel road, the photographer takes a short quarter mile hike to the penguin colony. The winds here can be fierce, coming off the sound at a biting 40 mph. Dress accordingly. Having your camera mounted on a tripod is highly recommended, as is a good lens in the 400-600mm range.

Read more at the Examiner.

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