Penguin Pecks (Pic du Jour)

Magellanic Penguins on Martillo Island, Tierra del Fuego
Magellanic Penguins on Martillo Island, Tierra del Fuego
Magellanic Penguins on Martillo Island, Tierra del Fuego

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.

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  1. Sas says

    Great photos, and thanks for the info about the penguins – fascinating 🙂

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    those are beautiful, and it so sad to know about the many species that die ‘at our hands’ – most of those deaths go back to man’s greed and to money.
    happy trails!
    z

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  5. Zen says

    Even if they don’t have lips, they still kiss.. 🙂

  6. kz says

    awesome! ^^

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  8. Beyond Back Creek says

    they may not be lip-locked, but those penguins seem to be affectionate. I agree, let’s call it a Kiss.
    smooches from the Chesapeake

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, and right back at ya! 🙂

  9. The Retiring Sort says

    Adorable!

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