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Today it is Sunday. A day for rest and peace, not a good day for windmill wars ;-) Actually, I like this peaceful moment, so I might find myself uploading pictures other than windmill related photos again...

So today I'll continue my travelogue of Patagonia and post a picture full of love and peace. The day after our whale adventures, we went by car from our stay in Puerto Madryn to Punta Tombo. This place hosts a very large penguin colony. Half a million (500,000!!!) magellanic penguins (latin: macronectes giganteus) come here every year to breed and feed and it's a great sight to see these sympathic and funny little fellows walk on the beach and in their living areas. When we were there, a lot of baby-penguins were present. Some of them still very small, others already a little bit bigger.

It's really big fun just to sit there and watch them. But it's not only love and peace on this location. Birds of prey and southern giant petrels (latin: macronectes giganteus) were continuously watching the area, looking for loneseome and defenseless baby-penguins. At a certain moment two petrels were even attacking adult penguins on the beach. Hundreds of penguins fled into the sea at the same time. A very remarkable sight. We could have stayed there for the whole day, but were forced to leave after a couple of hours as we had to catch our plane from Trelew airport back to Buenos Aires.

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