on the way back we spot a Lesser Rhea
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas 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 
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.
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Punta Arenas as seen from our cruiseship Star Princess
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the boardwalk at the Otway Penguin Reserve
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the observatory at the beach
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Magellanic Penguins on the beach, mostly youngsters
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waiting in line for one of the observatory platforms
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lunchtime for the Kelp Gulls
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there is a flamingo colony nearby, imported from Venezuela