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  • Icecrasher by Icecrasher

    very sad! is it possible, that the sukas kill other birds/penguins?

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    All animals need food. Skuas will eat a penguin chick or egg when they can. The very big bird is a Southern Giant petrel, and they can attack even an adult penguin.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    In this case, a Macaroni penguin chick has become food for the Southern giant petrel and perhaps 5 skuas. The brave adult Macaroni must be the parent.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Skuas and petrels have chicks to feed also. Life in the wilds of Antarctica can be hard.

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  • Icecrasher by Icecrasher

    thanks for the information - I thought, Southern Giant Petrels have a white chest

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Of course this petrel is facing away from us so we don't see the breast. The brown phase petrels have a brown breast. White ones have a white breast.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Here is information and photos of the Southern giant petrel: http://www.arkive.org/southern-giant-petrel/macronectes-giganteus/image-G131653.html

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Hope the parent was OK

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    I can see seven skuas in there and the petrel. You are right about the petrel being aggressive when opportunity arises as I watched as

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    a petrel took on an adult king ... the king escaped into the water but I suspect may not have survived. For sure the petrel would get first

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    go .. before the skuas .. also the petrels were of a great variety of colour, light and dark and not always with a white breast in January.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Thanks for your in knowledge of experience πŸ˜„

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  • shparmet by shparmet

    The red near the front is a dead bird of some kind.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Yes, not to be marked. Also a Southern giant petrel and several Brown skuas- all should be marked. More information in comments below.

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  • grannieannie by grannieannie

    One brave adult Macaroni in amongst those predators!

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Sure is - and a sad sight for it. Still - some skua chicks ate that day πŸ˜•

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  • ilijasims by ilijasims

    corpse oO

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    We don't see corpses that often @ilijasims . But nature is all about food chains and the penguins are predated by seals and other birds.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    #predation

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  • sheshe2 by sheshe2

    What is that on the left side?

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    @sheshe2 If you read the previous comment (below yours) you could find the answer. It is a chick corpes being eaten by Skuas

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  • Silja by Silja

    Such a sad picture. 😦

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    @Silja - Yes, if we think only of penguins. If you consider the needs of the skua and petrel chicks, see the circle of life continuing. πŸ˜ƒ

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    I can just quote Tennyson here: nature, red in tooth and claw

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    I didn't know that was Tennyson - it's good to know πŸ˜ƒ

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    This is from his poem 'In Memorium A. H. H.'
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Memoriam_A.H.H.

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  • asb2718 by asb2718

    phrases that have now become cliches.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Ah - I am wiser now - thank you @gardenmaeve πŸ˜„

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    You're welcome...but for what? πŸ˜ƒ

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    For mentioning about the Tennyson connection πŸ˜ƒ

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Oh, I see- that was our friendly volunteer. asb2718 πŸ˜‰

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Oh - silly me - thanks @asb2718 πŸ˜„

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  • Norsetroll76 by Norsetroll76

    The large bird on the left is a petrel? Only thing I can think of is: y'all come - and they did.

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  • Norsetroll76 by Norsetroll76

    What is a gathering of skua - such as a murder of crows or charm of hummingbirds?

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    One source says "An unbelievable soothsayer’s head of skuas" !!!, another says "a shishkab of skuas" and then there is "a robbery of skuas"

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    All of which are wonderful choices πŸ˜ƒ πŸ˜ƒ and don't get started on pengs - personally I like an icing (or a shiver) of penguins πŸ˜ƒ

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Yes, @Norsetroll - petrel. I like "a skullduggery of skuas".

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  • agronow by agronow

    Dead baby

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Sadly, yes. We don't mark dead animals.

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  • bello66 by bello66

    So sad 😦 Willthose birds attacka grown penguin? The one stood by doesn't seem too worried 😦

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    The Southern giant petrels could attack an adult penguin, but usually they want the chicks.

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