you have to walk to the colony
penguins have sturdy footing
and then checks out the stranger
how are you today?
this one did not make it
no, penguins cannot fly
 time to leave, the cars are ready
nearby are Upland Geese, female to the left,male to the right
nobody knows what goes on in a penguin brain
a resting juvenile
the Gentoo penguins colony of Sparrow Cove

Sparrow Cove, a small bay just north of Stanley Harbour, is home to a colony of a few thousand Gentoo Penguins.

 

A trip to this colony is a very popular shore excursion for the 40+ cruiseships that visit the Falklands each year.

Tourists arrive by boat at a small jetty and then have to endure a rough 4WD-ride over the peat to get to the penguins.

 

At the colony a rope on the ground is supposed to separate the species but gentoos are not shy and several will cross the border to check out the visitors.

 

But most just stand there, probably contemplating life, while others lay down for a short nap or waggle around.

 

Gentoos have no migration cycle and most live yearlong in the same colony.

Breeding pairs are monogamous and cheaters are kicked out. The rudimentary nests are made with pebbles that are fiercely guarded.

 

Breeding season is from June through December, so when we visited Sparrow Cove in February 2008 there were no young chicks but we did see some juveniles with the typical brownish plumage.

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approaching the jetty, the 4WD cars are awaiting us
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and soon we depart for a bumpy ride over the boggy peat fields
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humans are supposed to stay at the other side of he rope
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taking a beauty nap
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a late arrival hurries to the scene
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on the way back we pass a silent witness of the Falkland War
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