Falkland Islands, February 2012
The Magellanic Penguin is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands. It is the
most numerous of the 17 species of penguin. Magellanic Penguins can live up to 25 years in the wild.
Magellanic Penguins are the only penguins to build burrows in the ground. Two eggs are laid. Incubation lasts 39–42 days, a
task which the parents share in 10-15 day shifts. The chicks are cared for by both parents for 29 days and are fed every two
to three days. Normally, both are raised through adulthood, though occasionally only one chick is raised.
Magellanic Penguins mate with the same partner year after year. The male reclaims his burrow from the previous year and
waits to reconnect with his female partner.
Over fishing and climate change have led to dramatic declines in the Magellanic Penguin.
Magellanic Penguins are the shiest of the penguins living on the Falkland Islands. In the evenings they will sit by their burrows
and make a sound that sounds like a jackass.
When we arrived in the Falkland Islands in mid-January, we took numerous photos in the evenings of Magellanic Penguins.
Below, a Magellanic parent with two chicks.
So, it came as quite a surprise to us that within two weeks, the parents were kicking the fully grown chicks out of the burrows.
Now we were seeing them gather in creches.
On our final day, we saw the fully grown chicks going down to the water in creches and learning to swim.
And finally, a few pictures of adult Magellanic Penguins.