others head out to the sea
some stand firm in the blowing wind
on the way back we spot a Lesser Rhea
is Chile's most southern town. Founded in 1848 as a penal colony the settlement grew fast thanks to a mad gold
rush and a thriving sheep farming industry.
Nowadays Punta Arenas is an important homebase for many Antarctic expeditions.
the wide plains around the Sound you may see the Lesser Rhea
, "discovered" and described by Charles Darwin in the 1830s.
visited Punta Arenas and the penguins at Otway Sound on a rainy and windy day in February 2008.
Punta Arenas as seen from our cruiseship Star Princess
on the boardwalk at the Otway Penguin Reserve
it's busy at the observatory close to 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