As I already had the chance to expain, penguins don't live only in Antarctica! These species is found in several sub-Antarctic islands and also on the south and east coast of Patagonia, in South America.
Gentoo penguins are easy to recognize thanks to their wide white stripe extending across the top of the head and their orange bill. They have pale pink webbed feet and rather long tails, actually the most prominent ones between penguin species. After the emperor and king penguins, gentoo are the largest existing penguins reaching up to 90 centimeters of height and 8.5 kilograms of weigth. They also hold the record of fastest underwater swimmers with speeds of up to 36 km/h!
Gentoos create breeding colonies on shallow, ice-free coastal areas. They are monogamous, and there are cases where males trying to breed outsidethe original pair were actively rejected from the colony. The females lay two eggs and both parents care for them switching feeding - they eat mainly krill -and incubation duties with a daily frequence. After five weeks the eggs hatch and it takes a month for the newborns to leave the nest and join the other chicks of the colony. Plumage moulting occurs approximately after three months, and from now on the penguins can be considered subadults.
An interesting trait of gentoos is that they make nests with roughly circular pile of stones which are guarded jealously, to the point that they can create active disputes between individuals probably because thyr are prized by the females: a male penguin can in fact obtain the favors of a female by offering her a choice stone.
Pictures taken using a canon Eos80D camera with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens and UV filter at Isla Martillo in the Beagle Channel, near Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on the 28th of February 2019.
A curious penguin checks out my camera on Martillo Island, near Ushuaia in Argentina.
Ushuaia is a wonderful base for exploring Argentina's glaciers, and in an epic day trip you can also visit one of the world's largest penguin colonies on Martillo Island.
The journey takes you along the Beagle Channel, where you'll see many frozen wonders and icy landmarks along the way.
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My first encounter with a wild pinguin 😍 We came as a very small group on this Island, home of Gentoo and Magellan pinguins. We were instructed to stay on the path, not collect any rocks or branches, and not disturb the animals. And of course to not leave any kind of food. So when this Gentoo came my way, I just stood still and watched him pass. I can't describe the feeling, it was just so much cuteness, pure happiness 💖
Please don't be a jerk : collect your trash wherever you are and respect Nature and the Animals. Observe, take pictures, draw them, but don't interact with them and let them be.
Pour ceux qui veulent lire mon expérience complète à Ushuaia, le lien est dans ma bio 😉
Trip in #ushuaia This is #islamartillo#pinguinos#penguis in #argentina 🇦🇷 #pinguinomagallanico 🐧 ❤🐧
In Patagonia Argentina is not everything is wild, there is also time for love. 🙇🏻♂️:
For a long time we have protected this island on the orders of our ancestors and now we are being forged to retaliate with the factories that chlorine and bromine containing products come from chlorofluorocarbons.
They are gases and they expand from Antarctica, very close to Ushuaia, where these beautiful penguins are.
These factories have to a greater extent in the United States, China, India and Russia. But who is going to mess with them?
Argentina alone can not. If you really want to help, talk to the politicians of those countries.
🐧Na caminhada com os pinguins não é possível andar livremente pela ilha. Todos seguem juntos com a guia por uma trilha bem leve e pré marcada. Na trilha da pra ver os pinguins nos seus ninhos, andando e brincando uns com os outros.
E nada impede eles de passar pela trilha. Foi impressionante poder observar os pinguins livres e caminhar entre eles. 🐧
Trip in #ushuaia This is #islamartillo#pinguinos#penguis in #argentina 🇦🇷 #pinguinomagallanico 🐧 🌄 🙇🏻♂️: We have to look for a mental balance between city, flora and fauna. We must know that mental health is achieved thanks to a process that does not develop in a linear way. There will always be phases of rise and fall. We will never be able to say. I finally got it! or I've arrived! We need to be able to adapt in a healthy way to what we are going to have to live.
We visited a penguin colony! 🔲🔸🔲 Isla Martillo is the summer home for Gentoo, Magellanic and a lone, lost King penguin (the tall one with the orange earmuffs). See them burrow! See them waddle! See them cuddle!
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Churned by the glacial gusts of the Andes and the katabatic gales of Antarctica, the winds at the end of the world are peculiarly strong. Where wind is usually heard or felt, here the rush of air is permanently written into the very shape of the trees themselves.