Saturday, April 3, 2010

Magellanic Penguins



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.

39 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

That's on my bucket list...to see penguins in their natural habitat. How amazing that must be...I would be so excited...beautiful even if it is a photo from a photo!

mick said...

Great photos and memories. What a wonderful trip that must have been!

eileeninmd said...

Great memories and photos from your trip. I love the penquins.

Gill - That British Woman said...

It must have been such an experience to see them up close. Great photos, and narrative.

Gill in Canada

cat said...

Adorable birds :) Fantastic photos.

Wren said...

I've seen them in zoos. It must have beem fabulous to see them in the wild. Burrows! Who knew?

Clytie said...

Wow, what an amazing trip you had. Frozen awe ... I like it.

I enjoy seeing the penguin pictures, even if they are photos of photos. They are still perfect.

Martha Z said...

I saw yellow-eyed Penguins in New Zealand but not the fluffy little ones you got. Well worth pulling out for us. I have a fluffy Anna's hummer today. Little things are soo cute.

Naturegirl said...

How adorable! Their lives I suppose are NOT as harsh as the well known "march of the penguins stars" Your live from what I read in your profile is s-o-o-o interesting..Grass does not have a chance to grow under your feet!
I'm sure a very adventurous interesting life you have chosen!
Glad to meet you.. a pleasure in fact!
Happy Easter once again!

Laura Abigail said...

cute shots!

JM said...

I have been among their 'cousins' on the other side, the Argentinian Patagonia. They are SO cool! Loved this post! :-)

Larry said...

Wow Jill, these are so cool! I never knew of the Magellanic Penguins. What a fun trip that must have been. To get that close to those cuties must have been so exciting.

Can you imagine if you had your current camera equipment? Hmm...I see another trip to South America in your future ;-)

Diane AZ said...

Indeed, the penguins are absolutely adorable! The landscape is beautiful also. That must have been an awesome experience.

Ann said...

we have penquins in New Zealand too. One evening, we went to see a colony. They were little penquins. I couldn't believe my eyes how the little penguins could swim in strong waves.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are astounding. Thank you for taking me there. God bless.

Bob Kaufman said...

Awesome shots of the Magellanic Penguins, Jill!

Do I sense a return trip but with digital equipment instead?

Evelyn Howard said...

Wow, cute penguins. Patagonia... mmm, seems lovely... must research.

Kala said...

We visited Patagonia in 2006 and absolutely loved it.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful trip this must have been. Like Carolyn it's on my bucket list. I would love to see penguins in the wild.

Spiderdama said...

Wow, would love to see penguins so close. Great photos and lovely nature:-)

Michael said...

These are great so good. I like the second one down where the young penguin is looking over his shoulder.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: Wonderful captures of such a fun bird.

Dave said...

Love this! they look like the friendly sort...

Greyscale Territory said...

To walk with these penguins must have been such an exciting experience! We have fairy penguins (supposedly the tiniest penguins) that come ashore to Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia and also to points on the northern coastline of Tasmania. They too return to the same burrows! I will never forget the experience at both places! And it was a freezing night when we viewed them!

elvira pajarola said...

FANTASTIC....I've never seen Penguins so close......LOVELY and even if you were "alittlebit" frozen......it was worth while...!!!
Magnificient...!!!!
The little ones in their warm fluffy coats are just tooooo sweet!!
Have a great and happy week!
ciao ciao elvira

Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL @ your penguin jacket!* That must have been quite an experience, freezing or not. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wonderful shots.

jason said...

Too damn cute! Film or not (and I have lots of those photos lying around), these are cool shots.

LV said...

It does not matter how you got these, they turned out great. Those penguins make a super showing.

CraftyMammie said...

whoa! awesome! i wish i could experience the same thing. the kids would be thrilled!

Martha said...

What great photos! I'd love to see penguins where they live instead of just the zoo!

Natasha said...

Oh the little ones are so cute and fluffy. How amazing to be able to get so close to these gorgeous creatures-so lucky!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Nicole said...

I think they are wonderful!
It must have been an awesome experience to see them wild in nature!

Dan said...

Great photos, looks blooming freezing though!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love penguins and would love to someday see them in their natural habitat. It must have been another wonderful experience for you.

~ Tracy

Marie said...

You're right, the penguins are so freakin cute! And it is funny that you all matched! Luv your job.
-marie

KaHolly said...

Pretty awesome post!! I would love to make the opportunity to visit this area a priority. Thank you SO much for sharing!! ~karen

Carver said...

That sounds like a fantastic trip. I love the photographs of the penguins and also your narrative.

A piece of news said...

SWEET memories! I have film photos of my trip in 1999. I keep intending to get out the photos and scan them. Maybe you've done it.

Rambling Woods said...

You are photographing penguins and the white balance is off. You're photographing penguins..enough said. How cute and wonderful they are.. Michelle..