on the way back we spot a Lesser Rhea
is Chile's most southern town. It started in 1848 as a penal colony, but grew fast thanks to a gold rush and a thriving
sheep farming industry.
Nowadays it is a base for many
Close to Punta Arenas are two colonies
of Magellanic Penguins
, of which the one in Otway Sound is easily accessable.
On the plains around the Sound you may see
the Lesser Rhea
, "discovered" and described by Charles Darwin himself.
We visited Punta Arenas and the penguins at Otway
Sound on a rainy day in February 2008.
Punta Arenas as seen from our cruiseship Star Princess
the boardwalk at the Otway Penguin Reserve
the observatory at the beach
Magellanic Penguins on the beach, mostly youngsters
waiting in line for one of the observatory platforms
lunchtime for the Kelp Gulls
there is a flamingo colony nearby, imported from Venezuela