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  • Katney by Katney

    Some that could be penguins or rocks.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Wow- sorry you never got a reply, @Katney! Yes, this photo shows how well the penguins' camouflage works.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    I look for rounded rock with tails . Sometimes a beak or flipper line shows. I look for a difference in the way the light hits the birds.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Any time you aren't sure it's a penguin, don't mark it- just use "Too many penguins to count" and all will be well. So sorry for the delay!

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    Missed marking one 😦
    Incubation. Would be beautiful twilight at this time of the year.
    Much closer to the Antarctic circle.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Don't worry, many others have marked this image already and I am sure someone did mark it properly.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    We got a beautiful dawn here once or twice - here you go:
    https://talk.penguinwatch.org/#/subjects/APZ00083ep 😃

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    Smashing @AvastMH. Thanks for sharing. The sunrises and sunsets nearer the poles are incredibly lovely. Would love to know the latitude.

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    I am guessing around 63 degrees S (Is this information shareable? If not, its just fine.).

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Sadly we don't get that information. Once or twice we've been lucky enough to find out where a place is because it's been recognized by

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    a volunteer, but no luck with this one 😦 It looks similar to the weather/snow levels on Petermann Island which we've seen before

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    and is at Degrees 65.17 South, Degrees -64.14 West. So your guess at 63 degrees is pretty close 😄

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  • smackay_pt by smackay_pt

    Without seeing the date it would be hard to tell that the birds on the left weren't chicks. Also this is high up - was it too hot lower down

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Hmmm... Except for a few not fully visible (thus are automatically marked adult per FAQs) all are clearly adults with full headflash and black throat.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    You're right to check the date though- it's a good way to anticipate what might be expected in an image.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Nest sites are usually chosen for other reasons- good snow melt drainage, a northerly exposure, and availability of nesting materials.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Gentoos generally prefer a fairly flat rookery slightly elevated above the surrounding ground. This view is a tiny part of the rookery.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    This steep slope is what was available, overcrowded even, based on territorial confrontations we've observed here.

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  • fred_neill by fred_neill

    Yes, they can be in precarious spots on this rocky outcrop - i.e. there is often one on the steep just behind the one centre left

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