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Magellanic Penguins

We saw Magellanic Penguins on Carcass Island and at Volunteer Point on East Falkland Island.

Carcass Island

Magellanic Penguin on Carcass Island Magellanic Penguins dig burrows in the sandy soil under the grass near the shore. They lack the head crest of the Rockhopper Penguins and have a white ring around a black face. The lie around or stand grouped together in the short grass.

Upland Goose on Carcass Island Upland Geese graze on the grass around the Penguin burrows.

Magellanic Penguins on Carcass Island Farther inland the topography is dominated by Tussock Grass, which grows in large clumps. Magellanic Penguins nest in the clumps of tall grass. The birds in the lake are Patagonia Crested Ducks.

Magellanic Penguin on Carcass Island A Magellanic Penguin scratching his beak.

Magellanic Penguin on Carcass Island A pair of Magellanic Penguins at the entrance to their burrow.

Magellanic Penguin on Carcass Island

Magellanic Penguin on Carcass Island Magellanic Penguins troll the water of the bay. They pedal themselves through the water with their head submerged, looking for small fish and other prey.

Volunteer Point

Magellanic Penguins on Volunteer Beach Magellanic Penguins make their way to and from the beach in groups.

Magellanic Penguins running on Volunteer Beach Magellanic Penguins can run on all-fours, using their wings in a windmilling motion as well as pushing with their feet to keep their bodies a few inches off the sand.

The Magellanic Penguin rookery is located in an behind the beach dunes. The dunes are riddled with penguin burrows. The fields beyond the dunes are covered in moss and short grass.

Magellanic Penguins languish on their bellies in the grass near the entrances to their burrows, which are scattered across the field. Other penguins stand on the grass, preening their feathers. Clusters of penguins waddle to and from the dunes. It looks like the golf course of a penguin country club.

Magellanic Penguins on Volunteer Point "Have you seen my ball? I think it's over here in the sand trap."

Environmental Research Unit, Falkland Islands background information about the Magellanic Penguin.

 

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