These pecks exchanged between a pair of Magellanic Penguins weren’t quite kisses in the traditional sense, but they’re the closest I can come up with at the moment for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, which asked us to share a captured kiss.
These were taken late last month on Martillo Island on the Beagle Channel which is home to some 3,000 mating pairs from early October through the beginning of April. Although the number on the island is steadily growing, Magellanic Penguins have been classified as a threatened species, primarily due to oil spills which kill upwards of 20,000 adults and 22,000 juveniles off the coast of Argentina each year. Just because we don’t hear about a spill doesn’t mean they don’t occur frequently.
More about the trip and the tour next week.