WC’s Guide to Penguins: Magellanics


The final penguin species WC saw was the Magellanic Penguin. Not in order seen; the only place WC saw it was in the Falkland Islands, at least one of the places it breeds. It’s the only burrowing penguin among those seen on WC’s trip. And it’s probably the shyest.

Magellanic Penguin at Burrow

Magellanic Penguin at Burrow

Given that they nest in dirt burrows, a clean Magellanic, by definition, is one just out of the ocean.

Magellanic Penguin Entering Water

Magellanic Penguin Entering Water

At Gypsy Cove, outside of Stanley in the Falkland Islands, a small group of Magellanics was resting after foraging.

Magellanics at Gypsy Cove

Magellanics at Gypsy Cove

Gypsy Cove is also the only place WC has birded that has portions of its terrain closed because of the hazards of unexploded mines from the Argentine War.

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