Magellanic Penguin, Patagonia, Argentina 09 May 2017
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Huge rookeries of Magellanic penguins can be seen on Península Valdés and the adjacent coastline in Argentinian Patagonia. One of Patagonia's biggest attractions is its coastal wildlife and the best time to see penguins is in the breeding season; they start to gather in September. Every penguin lays two eggs which are incubated for roughly 40 days. Incubation is shared between the mother and father and they continue to care for the chicks for around 30 days after they hatch. The breeding season ends in late February, early march when most of the chicks have reached adulthood and are tough enough to leave the nests. Explore the Patagonian wildlife on Insight Guides' Wild Patagonia trip.
This article was originally published on September 1st, 2015