Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gentoo Update 10/26/2014

Our penguins have been busy feeding and reconnecting, and as the days progress, more and more of them seem to show up. The above gif shows those early days of coming and going and then, below, we see a little more of daily rookery life. Hopefully, there'll be more more images as the days progress. Of late, the little guys have left for hours feeding only to show up before sundown.






I have a feeling that these guys are going to be real camera hogs. :-)

More later!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First post for a new season

Hellooooo everyone and welcome back to the Gentoo Penguin Rookery at Gars O'Higgins Station in Antarctica!

As this is World Animal Day, then certainly you'll not find a more appropriate day for this blog to begin posting again. I'm ever so excited and happy to see our little guys already back and canoodling, regardless if the ice is as thick as it ever has been during the Antarctic winter. However, this year, I'm hoping that my computer will not take a nose dive as it did in the middle of hatching last year and ruin my posting abilities. So far, so good. I'm keeping flippers crossed it stays that way.

Firstly, though, I want to thank our Argentine friends at the station  for maintaining the cameras for us. Without their help, we would never be able to sit within the warm confines of our homes and enjoy watching the little Gentoos go about the business of propagating their species.

Secondly, last year, the first hatching came after Christmas/Boxing Day, which is unusual. And this year, reports are that the ice around Antarctica is thicker than in previous years. Climate change is affecting everything, but especially our penguins. But there is some good news. The ozone hole over Antarctica is smaller than it has been in the past decade and is on its way to closing indefinitely. From year to year, we can see small changes become large ones, but this should spur us on to make even larger changes in our own lives for the betterment of the environment.

And lastly, I am here to bring to you the best of what the camera captures of the actions of our little friends. If there are questions or comments, I am also here to field them. I wish us all to enjoy the penguin season with fascination, with concern, and with greater resolve to set things right again so that future generations of penguin and people can enjoy their lives with as much gusto as possible.

Peace out,
Lin aka wiinterrr

Psst... and now for a few images to get you going...









Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gentoo Chicks Week 3

Those little cuties are certainly getting about
 
Our first chick meme!
 
Chicks are investigating their environment.
 
Curling up to mom, but too big to fit anymore.
 
Spread eagle and sound asleep
 
 Ha! A little meme I think. :-)

 Everyone is asleep. Shhhh.

Sleeping flat
 
 Cooling off, learning to be a penguin

 See the crop on that chick. Now that's a well fed bird. Of course, he's the one without a sibling so he gets all the food. 

 They're simply adorable.

And on the other side...

Chick Update Week 2 - 3

 There were just so many images I couldn't stand to omit posting that I made gifs out of them so you can see how fast they're growing. At the last gif, the chicks are already venturing out from their parents and a sort of loose creche has formed. A creche is like a nursery for chicks that is supervised by a few adults. This allows the rest of the rookery inhabitants to freely fish for food. 




 This one is just super adorable!

As well as this one...

And on the other side of the rookery... look at the size of those chicks!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gentoo Chick Watch Week 2

This week, there were just too, too many images I wanted to share of the growing chicks, so I made a gif of them so you could just see them all. Otherwise, I would've uploaded about 30+ camshots. lol
Enjoy!
This penguin is the one whose nest in the above gif has an unhatched egg. No worries, though. The proud parents still have an ever growing chick that will get all the food. Can we see that Super-Chick is coming? Of course. I'm naming this little guy, C.K., after the you-know-who super person in disguise. 
There's the egg alongside C.K.
 
 Look how big C.K. is already! 

And here's little C.K. with his first photobomb. :-)
 
Mom or Dad eventually realize the egg is no good and kick it out of the nest, and it's a good thing, too. Little C.K. doesn't have room to burrow beneath those protective, proud chests of his parents. 

More to come... stay tuned! 
And by the way, Happy Penguin Appreciation Day!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Gentoo Chick Watch 2014

 A gif showing a few hours time at the rookery

 Mom is letting the chicks see their first snow

See the little head poking out???  
 

 Mom or Dad taking a nap

The nap continues
 
 ... and continues

 Checking on the chick

 Another shot of a chick's head with doting parents looking on. 

 Okay. Back to that nap. 

 The chick is taking a looksee.

 Din din time!

Meanwhile, on the other side of the rookery, we've got some goodly sized chicks over there.