Click on a photo below and scroll through to see our day of penguins.
Three weeks ago, we arrived in Puerto Madryn, Argentina just in time to see the molting Magellanic penguins at Punta Tomba reserve on the Peninsula Valdez. It was strange that the day was so warm and the beaches so sunny. After Tierra del Fuego, we expected to see penguins while wrapped in ten layers of warm clothing. But it was beach weather, and the penguins just wanted to play in the water and hang out in shady spots (They particularly like to gather under the footbridges.) It was incredible to be able to see so many penguins. These are the last weeks here, as they finish molting and ready themselves to head north and follow the anchovies to warmer water.
In addition to all the penguins, we got to see a Choique (Darwin’s Rea), an ostrich-like bird, as well as several Guanaco, who seem to like hanging at the preserve where they are far from hunters. We felt really lucky–it was a very special day, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy the pictures!
Wow. This is delightful. ‘Never been to Argentina … and I love the penguins. It reminds me of my five months in Antarctica (many years ago) and I saw a ton of penguins: the Adele’s and the Emperors. Good post.