Saturday, January 31, 2009

This week's Pencognito!

Please visit Jen and all the pengies

Image of the Day

Tip Toes, originally uploaded by phoenixfeather.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Broken beak, originally uploaded by zweiblumen.

Gentoo penguin, Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Penguin by the sea, originally uploaded by jordan1983.

Gentoo Chick Mortality Up This Season

[wiinterrr's note: so--it's true... and sadly, our own little colony is proof for it, as well.]

Gentoo Chick Mortality

(A detailed report can be downloaded as a pdf HERE.

Visitors to South Georgia this season have reported that many of the Gentoo Penguin colonies are showing signs of high chick mortality. In some cases there are no chicks at all in colonies.

The Government of South Georgia has tasked scientists to collect samples of dead chicks. Diet sampling of adults is also taking place as part of longer-term monitoring which was already underway at two locations on the island.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the mortality is caused by lack of food. Gentoo penguins feed on krill which moves around in the current of the southern ocean after spawning under Antarctic ice. There have been other indications that there is a scarcity of krill around South Georgia this season, although other species which feed on krill do not appear to be affected to the same extent.

Krill is only fished in South Georgia outside the breeding season in winter months (May – August) and the swarms which are targeted will already have moved away from the Island in the currents. Krill abundance tends to be cyclical. The present lack of krill is most likely to be caused by a poor spawning season further south. The last three recorded instances of such high chick mortality were in 1991, 1994 and 1998.

As a precaution, all visitors have been asked to remain up to 200m away from gentoo colonies. This will ensure surviving birds do not suffer any undue stress from external pressures. If further research reveals a disease is identified this will also help to minimise the risk of spreading pathogens.

Excerpts from the South Georgia Society's Newsletter of December 2008 @

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Actually, this IS a Gentoo. Ahem!

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Gentoo Penguin, originally uploaded by photographerglen.

A Gentoo Penguin at Melbourne Aquarium, There are 22 Penguins in the new Antarctica enclosure.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

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Grytviken - South Georgia, originally uploaded by Nick Salmond.

Asleep amidst giants

Image of the Day - Saturday

This week's Pencognito!

HAHAHA! Hilarious! Please visit Jen and all the pengies HERE

Friday Videos (yes, it's Sunday-sigh!)

Due to bad internet service, this penguin has been unable to gain access for 2 days... so here goes... I'm catching up. :)


Friday, January 23, 2009

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Freedom, originally uploaded by Matt (the making of).

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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Antarctica-2004-0549, originally uploaded by rick ligthelm.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Gentoo at Newhaven, originally uploaded by zweiblumen.

Newhaven, Falkland Islands.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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where am I?, originally uploaded by rosemarycs.

Late bloomer :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

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My Mini Me - with fluff, originally uploaded by phoenixfeather.

These are Gentoo penguins near King George Island, Antarctica.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Gentoo Penguins at Port Lockroy, originally uploaded by mgsbird.

Gentoo Penguins normally lay two eggs. This chick is fairly large, so I imagine the second egg won't hatch.

Can anyone tell if we have more single or double births this year?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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show me your mouth!, originally uploaded by Travel Daniel.

This week's Pencognito!

Please visit Jen and all the pengies

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Videos

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Gentoo Penguins Swimming, originally uploaded by Lesley4444.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Gentoo with chick, originally uploaded by HamishM.

Chicks are EVERYWHERE!!!!! Although a few newbies gave up trying, those old pros that returned to nest here have a fine group of younglings that are now so large, they can no longer fit beneath their parent's body. Everywhere, one can see little chick bums as the chicks try to blot out the light and get a little sleep.

Within the week or so, there should be a few to venture out, and I can't wait to see them. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

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Striking a pose [#2], originally uploaded by man_with_noname.

Sea Lion Island, Falkland

Sunday, January 11, 2009

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Penguin, originally uploaded by *Debs*.

And now for a double back-flip!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This week's Pencognito!

Please visit Jen and all the pengies HERE

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PenguinsStanley0762, originally uploaded by compassionateeye.

Friday, January 9, 2009

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Whisper, originally uploaded by hooray4badgers.

Friday Video!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

This week's Pencognito! (sorry, it's late)

Please visit Jen and all the pengies

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Gentoo Penguins, originally uploaded by zweiblumen.

Bertha's Beach, Falkland Islands, winter 2001.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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Antarctica-2004-0222, originally uploaded by rick ligthelm.

As of yesterday, the chicks have grown large enough to be seen wedged against (not under) their mums and dads. At this point they become very vulnerable to predators. But what comes next is worse on obsessed parents: walking.

Once the little guys get a taste of freedom, it's hard to keep them on the nest. Of course, this causes parents to become uber-protective and extra grouchy.

Most everyone's eggs hatched during the Christmas/New Year holiday period. There is one young couple who tried vainly to produce a chick, but they had to abandon the idea when the egg did not hatch. That was sad. Two penguins staring intently at a fallow egg, waiting for the slimmest of chances that it will hatch.

Still, this is the best time of the year for penguin viewing. And this year, even South Georgia is boasting a large raft of young King penguins. How wonderful. Don't you just wish summer would never come to the Northern Hemisphere. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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Penguin, originally uploaded by Villi.Ingi.

A Gentoo from Loro Parque, Tenerife.

Monday, January 5, 2009

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Sometimes, you sleep where you stand. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

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Parade, originally uploaded by man_with_noname.

Gentoo penguins returning to their colony, on Sea Lion Island (Falkland).
In background, we can see two Flying Steamer ducks and a colony of Southern Elephant Seals.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

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Just the two of us, originally uploaded by Heaven`s Gate (John).

Two Gentoo Penguins in Antarctica.
These were seen in the Argentinian Research Centre in Paradise Harbour during my Expedition to Antarctica in december 2008.

Friday, January 2, 2009

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Penguin, originally uploaded by RSyourstruly2095.