More Penguins - Camarones Cabo Dos Bahias

Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Chubut,
Monday, March 15, 2010

We left Puerto Madryn at 8 am after breakfast in the hostel.  We drove to Camarones where we are camping next to armadillo holes and scat.  I am now tenting with Deb since Lou needs her own tent after spraining her ankle. 

Camarones is the closest hub to the
lesser-known Cabo Dos Bahías nature reserve - home of up to 25,000 penguin couples and their fuzzy chicks.  At 3:30 pm a guide took us to the penguin colony there.  Since the penguins have already started migrating to Brazil, we expected it to be disappointing.  No, it was magnificent:  the penguin colony had many, many penguins...some babies, called juveniles, were

still molting, some penguins were in their nesting aggressive male was attacking to protect his family against Mick.  I could have stayed there all day. 

When we got back to the campsite, is was cold.  I had tried to stay in my shorts as long as possible but had to give in and put on my pant bottoms.  We are at a marina and have a view of the bay with boats moored.  Walking around the area, I found a whole bunch of guanaco bones.  Others were luckier and saw lots of live guanacos close up.  Oh, well, the bones were exciting when I found them.

Here is an excerpt from Moon guides on Cabo dos Bahias:

Only 30 kilometers southeast of Camarones, Dos Bahías is one of several similar reserves in coastal Chubut.  Its 12,000-strong Magellanic penguin colony is smaller than Punta Tombo’s, but Dos Bahías’s open terrain makes it easier to appreciate the colony’s extent.
In addition to penguins, Dos Bahías has a southern sea lion colony on offshore Isla Moreno,
though they’re hard to see without binoculars. Its terrestrial wildlife
includes armadillos, foxes, guanacos, and rheas, plus many of the same
seabirds that frequent Punta Tombo.

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