So, obviously I am not currently in Southern Chile, making these old photos. Old film photos even. From my sweet 2005 trip to Patagonia (must...go...back...soon). Yes, digital photos of film photos- therefore making the quality more or less ..meh (the white balance is a little off because of the photo of a photo thing) But actually, they don't look too bad considering. Bird Photography Weekly, Nature Notes
This week has been pretty crappy weather wise, so there has been a painful lack of outdoor fun the past 7 days. I've been going through old film photos and figured these should make an appearance.
These splendidly adorable creatures are Magellanic penguins. I was so ridiculously happy to see these guys. They are so freaking cute. And they have burrows. Before I saw them, I had no idea that's how they nested. Their fear of the dreaded human is not too high, which means they would walk right across the trail at times, just a few meters in front of me. Gah! I could hardly handle it! Outdoor Wednesday
They are pretty small - roughly 15-25 inches tall, more or less, 7-10 pounds. 7-10 pounds of pure penguin cuteness. They mate for life and reuse the same burrows each year. I'm pretty impressed with their burrow building - they all seemed to have very nice little caves.
I had no fancy lens at the time, so you can see that I was able to get fairly close to these guys. Also, my facial expression. Let me explain: I was more or less frozen- it had started to pour and the cold was pretty intense, I'm pretty sure my face was frozen. Yes, it was frozen. Also, I was in awe of the penguinos, frozen awe. Also, please note how my jacket matches the penguins! Seeing the penguins was definitely one of the many highlights of the trip.