Penguinos

A ferry leaves Tres Puntas dock in Punta Arenas each morning filled with an international population of almost 100 tourists. After surging across a vast expanse of blue water, the boat drops the people off on Isla Magdalena, a small island populated by Magellanic Penguins and other seabirds. While the people are confined to a six-foot-wide pathway leading to a lighthouse, the penguins have full control of the land. Burrows, densely scattered about, house penguin families where fluffy grey chicks are just beginning to peek out. A waddle of the black and white birds waddle and splash near the shoreline and others watch the humans walking by.

This popular tourist attraction brings in thousands of people each year, and the penguins still enjoy their little dot of land.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

A monogamous pair of penguins “kiss” on Isla Magdalena on Dec. 10, 2013. The males make their nests in burrows that cover the island.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

Magellanic Penguins dot the landscape of Isle Magdalena where a tour group takes a ferry to visit the birds. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

Humans and Magellanic Penguins share a space while the people tour the penguin’s habitat on Isla Magdalena on Dec. 10, 2013. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogamous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

Magellanic Penguins dot the landscape of Isle Magdalena where a tour group takes a ferry to visit the birds. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion.

Magellanic Penguins dot the landscape of Isle Magdalena where a tour group takes a ferry to visit the birds. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

People take pictures of a Magellanic penguin entering its nest on Isla Magdalena on Dec. 10, 2013. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogamous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

A seagull protects her eggs resting in her nest near the trail by flapping her wings in people’s faces if they get too close.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

Magellanic penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. This bird survived a sea lion attack, but didn’t come away without wounds.

A tour group takes a ferry to visit a population of Magellanic Penguins on Isle Magdalena. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogomous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

Magellanic Penguins mosey around Isle Magdalena on Dec. 10, 2013. The penguins usually live to be about 25 years old, unless they are eaten by a sea lion. The birds are monogamous and the males make their nests in burrows that cover the landscape.

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