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Magellanic Penguins
Gypsy Cove, Stanley, East Falkland

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Magellanic Penguins are very shy creatures.

The adults wouldn't entertain the camera and hid in their burrows. Except for these chicks.

At first there was only one chick have a look at the outside world, so I crept closer and closer until eventually my camera lens was down to 28mm.

It flapped it's wings, peered at the lens and looked towards it's burrow, at which point I thought that was it - but it's sibling came out and joined in!

It is common for two eggs to be laid in a burrow, and in a good year both chicks are reared - so this must have been a good year.

Perhaps not for this lone little fellow. He just stood facing the same direction and never moved once!

The Magellanic penguin is also known as the Jackass on the Falkland Islands, though not to be confused with the Jackass penguins of South Africa.

 

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