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What

Royal Penguin Eudyptes schlegeli

Observer

fergus

Date

January 3, 2017 01:58 PM NZDT

Place

Australia (Google, OSM)

Description

Colony at the Nuggets.

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What

Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarcticus

Observer

greglasley

Date

January 29, 2002 02:58 PM CST

Description

I feel like I should post one of those warnings you see on some TV shows...."Viewer Discretion is Advised; some images may be disturbing to some viewers". After some of the road kill images that are posted on iNat perhaps this is not too bad. At least it was completely natural, unlike the slaughter caused by vehicles on our wildlife.

Between 1996-2005, I was a bird guide on 13 trips to Antarctica. During those trips I saw lots of Leopard Seal attacks on penguins, but none stands out in my mind more than this one. This adult Chinstrap Penguin had somehow escaped from the jaws of a Leopard Seal, but was mortally injured. The penguin was virtually "de-gloved" whereby its skin was almost removed from its body. The penguin struggled ashore where it stood still for 10 or 15 minutes, much to the distress of several tour participants I had with me. As the penguin stood there, several Brown Skuas began to gather about, waiting for the inevitable to happen. Slowly the penguin walked farther away and out of immediate view, with 4 or 5 skuas walking along behind it. I did not follow, but rather decided to allow the scene to unfold without my observation and intrusion. It was a reminder that nature can be tough and brutal.

image scanned from 35 mm slide
Bailey Head,
Deception Island,
Antarctica
29 January 2002

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What

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus

Observer

greglasley

Date

February 6, 2001 02:32 PM CST

Description

Another set of penguin tracks for you track folks. When you land at some of these black sand beaches on the island of South Georgia, you may find yourself in a colony of 50,000 King Penguins. Virtually the only species of bird that is allowed inside the colony except for the occasional skua or sheathbill intent on stealing eggs or small chicks.

King Penguin
Gold Harbour,
South Georgia
6 February 2001
image scanned from 35mm slide

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What

Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae

Observer

greglasley

Date

January 30, 1998 02:12 PM CST

Place

Antarctica (Google, OSM)

Description

Adelie Penguins,
Brown Bluff,
Antarctica
30 January 1998
image scanned from 35mm slide

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Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri

Observer

greglasley

Date

December 5, 2001 05:58 AM CST

Place

Antarctica (Google, OSM)

Description

Emperor Penguin
Adult feeding chick
Cape Washington,
Ross Sea,
Antarctica
5 December 2001

Location: Cape Washington, Ross Sea, ... (Google, OSM)
Places: AQ, AQ, Antarctica More...
Lat -74.5248, Lon 165.1697
Accuracy: 1000m

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Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri

Observer

greglasley

Date

February 1, 2001 01:38 PM CST

Description

Emperor Penguin
immature
Antarctic Sound, near Paulet Island,
Antarctica
1 February 2001

This image scanned from 35mm slide

Between 1996-2005, I was a bird guide on 13 trips to Antarctica. Most of these trips were to the Antarctic Peninsula which is the portion of Antarctica which comes the closest to South America. Emperor Penguins are not often expected on the peninsula and they are more common at inland locations or on the "other side" of Antarctica closest to Australia. But, we did encounter out of place immature Emperors on some occasions, such as this immature bird in the Antarctic Sound near Paulet Island on 1 February 2001.

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What

Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri

Observer

greglasley

Date

January 22, 1999

Place

Antarctica (Google, OSM)

Description

Emperor Penguin
juvenile
Browns Bluff,
Antarctica
22 January 1999
this image scanned from 35mm slide

Location: Brown's Bluff, Antarctica (Google, OSM)
Places: AQ, AQ, Antarctica
Lat -63.5235055981, Lon -56.897253418

Between 1996-2005, I was a bird guide on 13 trips to Antarctica. Most of these trips were to the Antarctic Peninsula which is the portion of Antarctica which comes the closest to South America. Emperor Penguins are not often expected on the peninsula and they are more common at inland locations or on the "other side" of Antarctica closest to Australia. But, we did encounter out of place immature Emperors on some occasions, such as this youngster at Browns Bluff in January 1999.

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What

Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri

Observer

greglasley

Date

December 4, 2001 01:33 PM CST

Place

Antarctica (Google, OSM)

Description

I see lots of shots of animal tracks posted on iNat, but save for a raccoon or a few other simple ones, I claim no knowledge or expertise in tracks in the snow, mud, etc. But I thought tracks of Emperor Penguin in soft snow might add a different critter to the tracks repertoire! Image 3 shows the culprits making the tracks! We watched this daily for 8 or 10 days on that trip to the Ross Sea in 2001. The track in image 1 is made by a single individual. When there are multiple birds in a line (and they often travel 2 to 25 or more in single file in the same rut), those marks on the side of the rut where their flippers propel them along get very obscure from multiple flippers.

When on rocks and gravel or a thin snow cover, Emperors walk upright. But when in loose snow, or they want to speed up, they flop down on their bellies and "take off" propelling themselves along with their rear feet as well as their flippers. Under many circumstances they can move a good bit faster than a person is able to. Emperors are 3 feet tall and large ones can weigh 70+ pounds.

Emperor Penguin
Aptenodytes forsteri
Cape Washington,
Ross Sea
Antarctica
4 December 2001

these images scanned from 35mm slides

Location: Cape Washington, Ross Sea, ... (Google, OSM)
Places: AQ, AQ, Antarctica More...
Lat -74.5248, Lon 165.1697
Accuracy: 1000m

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Galapagos Penguin Spheniscus mendiculus

Observer

rmcminds

Date

February 22, 2011 01:17 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Galapagos Penguin Spheniscus mendiculus

Observer

rmcminds

Date

February 4, 2011 01:37 PM PST

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What

Little Penguin Eudyptula minor

Observer

elianafe

Date

January 8, 2017

Description

They were sleeping at day in their underground lairs, build by the rangers of the island

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What

Little Penguin Eudyptula minor

Observer

meurkc

Date

January 4, 2017

Description

spotted by Carla

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Description from Wikipedia

Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the oceans.

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