|Chiloé indicated by the red arrow.|
It is the little islets which are the main attractions, supporting important seabird nesting colonies which are both easily accessible to people wanting to view them, and largely safe from people going ashore.
|Puñihuil islets from the cliffs above the bay.|
Photo courtesy Wikipedia; somehow in five visits I've omitted to take this shot!
|The beach at Punihuil, with Kelp Gulls Larus dominicanus overhead.|
|The seafood restaurant at the end of the beach is also a feature!|
|Boat trip on the bay - a very calm day! When I first went, trips were run in inflatable zodiacs, |
but the embarkation and landing are still 'wet'.
|The almost ridiculously small wings of the Flightless Steamer Duck are evident here.|
|Imperial Cormorants Phalacrocorax atriceps (left) and Neotropical Cormorants Phalacrocorax brasilianus (right), Punihuil. Imperials are found south to the Antarctic Peninsula, while Neotropics range from the Gulf of Magellan to the Amazon basin.|
|Rock Cormorants Phalacrocorax magellanicus are striking marine cormorants |
found all along the southern coasts of the continent.
|Red-legged Cormorants Phalacrocorax gaimardi are surely among the most beautiful of all cormorants; sadly they are also one of the scarcest of South American cormorants, though doing well on Punihuil.|
(And I did mention it rained a lot here!)
|Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus on unusually flat seas, Punihuil. |
The tubular nostrils that are a feature of this major seabird family are very evident here.
|Marine Otters, Punihuil, hunting (above) and dining.|