Saturday, October 3, 2015
Wow. It's been nearly a year since I've posted anything on this blog; how time flies, right? Thanks to a computer meltdown of epic proportions last spring and really bad cam shots, I managed to miss out on the last leg of the Gentoos occupation of Gars O'Higgins Station, which included the chicks first wanderings. I'm hoping for a better year this time, as well better cam shots to highlight a nest or two. Without a cam on a nest, we can't have front row seats for the birth and subsequent sighting of the chicks' first forays.
So, that being said, here's evidence that a few early arrivers are already checking out the rookery, despite the still intense sea ice and subsequent spring weather. I'll have more as the cams catch sight of those gorgeous Gentoos.
Posted by Lin Kerns at 5:30 PM
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
What with disappointing cam views this year, as compared to the past several years, I thought I'd post this sweet Gentoo video for you all to enjoy. Keeping fingers crossed someone comes to our rescue and moves those cams to a better vantage point!
Posted by Lin Kerns at 7:55 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The following images are some of the best web cam captures I could make. The cams situated near the outer nests are not well placed this year for penguin viewing. In short, chances are we aren't going to see one hatch. We can only hope that when eggs are laid that a cam will be focused on one pair so that we can witness the imminent hatching.
In the meantime, enjoy the following and let's keep our penguin toes crossed that we can see some of the real interaction among our little celebrities.
Posted by Lin Kerns at 7:05 PM
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Posted by Lin Kerns at 7:39 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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.
Lin aka wiinterrr
Psst... and now for a few images to get you going...
Posted by Lin Kerns at 7:17 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2014
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