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others head out to the sea
some stand firm in the blowing wind
on the way back we spot a Lesser Rhea
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas 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.
 
Close to Punta Arenas are two colonies of Magellanic Penguins with the one located at Otway Sound the most easily accessable for tourists.
 
On the wide plains around the Sound you may see the Lesser Rhea, "discovered" and described by Charles Darwin in the 1830s.
 
We visited Punta Arenas and the penguins at Otway Sound on a rainy and windy day in February 2008.
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Punta Arenas as seen from our cruiseship Star Princess
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on the boardwalk at the Otway Penguin Reserve
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it's busy at the observatory close to 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
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