|Love birds. Penguins mate for life.|
Kids shot dead. Kids raised in the USA facing deportation. It made me sad, angry, dyspeptic. I needed an antidote, something pure and pleasant to think about.
|A Magellanic penguin party on the path to a beach near Puerto Madryn, Argentina.|
On Chile's Isla Magdalena, thousands of penguins tended burrows and chicks on a windswept hillside with an ocean view. Penguins and their predators — seagulls, skua, petrals, and, in the sea not far away, hungry sea lions and maybe Orcas and leopard seals, waiting for a penguin snack.
| About 100,000 penguins occupy the island during breeding time, a space |
they share uneasily with thousands of breeding seagulls.
Then how within a few minutes of stepping off the boat, we were open-mouthed, wide-eyed witnesses to raw nature. Wild screeching and flapping, frenzied feeding, squabbles and fights to the death, tender parental care, necessary but cruel parental choices. Beautiful and
|It may look as if this gull is landing in - or leaving - a peaceful gathering, but the next minute the situation devolved into a fight. See previous photo.|
|These well-fed healthy chicks apparently have two active parents. It looks like dad is in the nest while mom is taking her turn foraging in the ocean.|
|A Magellan goose, AKA upland goose, tries to hide her chick from an overwhelming,|
in my opinion, number of predators. All those gulls!
|This guy waddled right up to me, then I was chastened by a ranger for|
being too close. Getting to the beach was a mile-long hike on a wide
trail through a brushy area thick with penguin burrows under bushes. This
was in Argentina during our first penguin colony visit.
|An adult penguin contemplates its cloaca, an all-purpose orifice|
that handles urination, defecation, breeding, and birth.
|A penguin parent apparently reacting to heat. It was a sunny shirtsleeve day at the Argentinian penguin reserve. Several birds seemed affected by it.|
Earlier posts about our South American travels
Around Cape Horn - Happy 2018!
Ushuaia, Patagonian peat moss, and a polar plunge
Patagonian Paradox - the more you see, the more you want