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 Punta Arenas is a homebase for many Antarctic expeditions.
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