Penguin Watch Talk

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  • leena.inkila by leena.inkila

    Not sure which ones are adults and which ones chicks.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Hi leena.inkila when you are not sure of the penguin's age, please mark it as an adult. That is good for our scientists. Thank you. 😄

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  • gtedbury by gtedbury

    I've marked all distant birds as adults, even though obviously some aren't. Not sure about some in foreground either!

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    That's right- when you can't tell if chick/adult, please always mark as adult. Thanks. The FAQ section explains how to mark. 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    This is also a good example of when to end with "There are too many penguins..." 😉

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  • rmdb by rmdb

    Marked all penguins as adults, also the ones with the greyish bellies, which are probably older chickens.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Excellent choice of marking @rmdb 😃 That is exactly what keeps the system happy when you are not sure of the bird's age 😃

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  • scinewsscifi by scinewsscifi

    If we move on after 30, I'm interested how the easiest being counted 1st and some being skipped is accounted for (in the too many category?)

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    We ask specifically that you count nearest to the camera first- in cameras collecting reproduction information that's the vital area.

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    The science team and programmers have had time over the years to access accuracy- the present protocol works well for accuracy when folks read and follow the FAQ section...that's important.

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  • fallingnarwhals by fallingnarwhals

    so many good penguins!!! so many good ones

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    😃 😃 Yes, I'm happy you've gotten a photo with so many penguins. 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    We would mark all of these as Adult because both adults and the almost grown chicks are moulting, so we can't tell if adult or chick!

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  • spotovae by spotovae

    so many penguings!

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Hello @spotovae 😄 Yes - they are a wonderful sight! Lots of healthy chicks, all about to grow up and get their adult feathers and one or

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    two adults as well 😄 If you are not sure if it is a chick - simply mark as 'adult' - easy 😄

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  • Singing_Ginger by Singing_Ginger

    The chicks near the front are still pretty obvious as their beaks haven't achieved the adult orange yet. They still have pale beaks.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Hmmm - that's an interesting thing to notice @Singin_Ginger. The adult have more intensely orange beak when

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    they eat krill. I wonder if the pink of the krill leaches out into the adult's stomach prior to regurgitation? I'll try to

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    investigate that. When I've seen pictures of krill being regurgitated it looks quite pale. 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    It's an interesting question. I've opened a Science Discussion so we can look into it more deeply.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Actually, there are some clear chicks present too - you can tell by the white throat feathers, and also by the small unclear white head patch. It gets bigger after getting the adult plumage.

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