Penguins of Otway Sound

We began with a scenic drive into the stark Patagonian countryside, passing undulated land with just enough low shrubs to offer camouflage for the guanacos, relatives of the llama and rheas, South American ostrich. At Otway sound, we walked across flat, grassland interspersed with sandy areas, to the penguin rookery by the seashore. A colony of Magellan penguins nest and breed at Otway Sound. These penguins return every year to this spot, between October and March, to lay eggs and raise their young. They bury their eggs in the sandy burrows and under shrubs. A wooden partition with a special viewing spot separates the beach from the grassy area and the burrows and we were able to view the penguins. In March all the penguins leave and go back to where they live. We learned that penguins mate for life. The males come 2 weeks before the females to make sure their burrow is safe and ready for the female to lay her eggs. Most penguins have just one baby & sometimes two at the most. Their life expectancy is 30 years. There are 18 varieties of penguins in the world but only the Magellan penguins come here.

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