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
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.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Gentoo Chick Watch 1/11/2014

There's our new parent, showing off his/her chicks
 One parent is feeding the chick

I see a baby! No wait! I see 2 babies!
 If you look at this closely, you'll see the parent feeding the chick.

This is the next frame and there the little one is!
This one is thinking about feeding its chick.
 I can't see these little guys enough. 

 There's a chick, plus there's a nice sky to boot.

 Proud parents!

 Just had to include another shot of that gorgeous sky

The babies are getting some fresh air.
 Sunshine and the chicks are cuddled against the parent.

Excellent shot of some penguin chick butts.

 Feeding time.

 There's a little chick head poking out.

Here's a shot of one parent with 2 chicks beneath those feathers.
Now, the close-ups. Isn't this just the grandest image of a parent feeding a chick?
 More feeding...

There he is!


 Feeding time!

 Uh-oh! A summer snow. Thankfully a light dusting. 

Look at the chicks on this side of the rookery!

More tomorrow... stay tuned!