A Magellanic Penguin preening its chick at its nesting burrow

A Magellanic Penguin preening its chick at its nesting burrow
Species: Magellanic Penguin   Spheniscus magellanicus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Date: 
Friday, January 4, 2019
Added to IBC: 10 Feb 2019 - 10:08
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The Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) occurs on the coasts of Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.  Magellanic Penguins nest in burrows or amongst Tussac in the Falkland Islands, and their donkey-like braying call may be heard for most of the summer breeding season.  They tend to be shyer than other penguin species, but these birds at Leopard Beach on Carcass Island were calm, and seemed interested in the low numbers of people visiting their rookery.  This Magellanic Penguin chick had left the nesting burrow to defaecate, and on its return its parent preened its backside!

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1561497. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1561497.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1561497. Video of Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus at Carcass Island, Falkland (Malvinas) Islands. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1561497.

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