Magdalena Island, Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
There is a large breeding colony of Magellanic Penguins on Magdalena Island. Thousands of breeding pairs coexist with gulls, skuas and other sea birds.
The mating rituals are entertaining. The male builds nice burrow (to which he returns every year) and waits for his female companion to find him. The male and female are together for life.
To attract his mate, the male calls using a pouch in his chest through which he forces air (the penguins do not have vocal chords). The result sounds like a donkey with a series of pants followed by loud braying noises.
Mating seems awkward but the birds seem to be quite successful with most couples raising at least one chick some of which had already shed their fluff (early February).
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