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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    Many feathers being used in the nest with the egg and some also evident behind that nest to the right....

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    What is this thing with tail feathers? It's intriguing me a lot 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    We know some #Gentoos use vegetation in areas where pebbles aren't available. Perhaps this is a related behavior.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    As discussed here: http://www.penguins.cl/gentoo-penguins.htm

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Why just pull out one tail feather then? I think I see three of these in this picture. :\

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    We can't know whether just one feather was pulled- we have very limited information with these images. 😉

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    The penguin standing back to the camera seems to have quite bald tail, don't you think? (Or just an illusion?)

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Yes, yshish, it looks rather bare compared with the tails in this image: http://talk.penguinwatch.org/#/subjects/APZ0002rqj

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Actually - just took a much closer look and I see that the penguin with the egg has quite a few tail feathers

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    in its nest. Perhaps we know who the donor was? 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    It's a funny thought, but the feathers likely can last from the last moult so I rather think we don't know. ;D

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Agreed -some of those pictures of #Ice_Age show tail feathers that look unlikely to be dented even by the Antarctic winter 😃

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    #tailfeather

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