For the time being, the FAQ here will also be helpful to you as the new PW FAQ is not yet fully functional, so a booklmark to this FAQ is wise 😉 There are a few minor differences we'll address as time goes on.
As we've discussed here earlier, all of the collections will be archived. They will not be directly linked on the new platform, but will be available to you. We'll keep you all posted as we move into that phase.
It is quite likely you will see this site's chicks over there 😉
@Rilakkuma_24 Yes, Gentoo chicks with white chins and black heads are very cute. Their parentss have black chins and a white headflash across the top!
Hi, @Rilakkuma_24 Not so scary when you realize the eggs have hatched, the chicks have grown up, and everyone has gone off fishing! 😃
Hi, @MasonC06 - We've removed your hashtag as only moderators apply hashtags on this project. Please do read the FAQ and enjoy the penguins!
@Suejstack - Hi, perhaps you have not yet had a chance to read the FAQ section? It explains: these are sleeping chicks, not dead...plump and healthy!
All are adults brooding eggs. When you can't tell mark as Adult. The FAQ & Tutorial offer all you need to classify. 😉
If you've been collecting with this chick in mind you may have a better basis for comparison for the moment.
Hi, @coldcounter. I haven't been tracking it. We'd know that by completing the rest of the data set and analyzing images from this site.
I believe that's the leucistic chick in front of the boulder, top right.
I think you're correct! 😃
Seems to me that gull might be nesting there or very near.
Such physically expressive little bodies! 😃
Please do read and follow the FAQ section. Any unlisted animals (cattle, sheep and geeese appear at this site) are marked as Other, then OK- no species.
...so here's what to do: Follow the FAQ. Mark those you are sure of, then finish with "Too many penguins to mark" for the rest.
@bbrandimarte - I see you've had a question about some of the night photos. You'll see many of these valuable photos full of information,
When you can't tell which is which, FAQ asks us to mark as adult.
Have a look at the FAQ- it's not so much size as much as markings. 😉 Adults= white headflash, black chin. Chicks=no headflash, white chin.
Please follow FAQ: mark all you can, then use "Too many penguins to mark" for the rest.
@Bolton6801r - Sorry, I've had to delete your comment- hashtags are only for moderators here, comments must be appropriate, and all CAPS reads as shouting.
Hi, @greataunt - It's possible. We do not, however mark airborn birds. 😉 Thank you for posting.
Hello, MeekyPeeky - All of the animals I see here are adult Gentoo penguins.When they twist around or turn away they look odd. (Please, no all CAPS- it looks like shouting.)
@JBlundell- Have another read-through of FAQ 6.2 which specifies the perfect choice: "We have seen some others you will not find in the list though. Mark each of them that you can see clearly as ‘Other’ animals without ticking any option"
Hello, @SparkTris ! Yes, and what an interesting photo. Those hidden penguins are included with "Too many penguins..." so if you used that all is well.
I must ask that you remove the # mark, however. Moderators only apply hashtags on this project to keep Search working well. 😉 Thank you!
Yes, @jodihannah , that bird is an option on your "Other" list- it's a Snowy sheathbill, so that's how you'd want to count it.
I see a few fuzzy grey chicks at the feet of adults in Guard position (see FAQ), so we'd carefully mark each chick we see for sure, and as many adults as possible.
Please only count eggs seen clearly inside nests. Here, we see many adults brooding eggs but all eggs are hidden from view- no eggs should be marked.
Hi, @jodihannah - Please follow the FAQ, which asks us to mark only what we're sure of- we don't guess for this project. 😉
Estos pingüinos Gentoo están en sus nidos, manteniendo uno o dos huevos calientes en cada nido.El compañero de cada uno puede ir al mar para comer, ¡pero el pingüino que está de servicio debe ir sin comida hasta que su compañero regrese!
Cierto, ¡pero estamos tan interesados en aprender cómo se comportan estos pingüinos por la noche! Siga la sección de Preguntas frecuentes marcando los animales de los que está seguro, luego termine con "Demasiados pingüinos para marcar". ¡Gracias!
El cielo está nublado, hay nieve en las montañas y veo varios pingüinos. ¿Los marcaste, por favor?
Marquemos una imagen completamente oscurecida como "No puedo contar".
¡Hola y bienvenido! Sí, la sección de preguntas frecuentes nos dice que marquemos una imagen completamente oscurecida como "No puedo contar".
Welcome, @pgood1 - Please edit your post to remove the # mark to keep our Search working well.
@Hatschi - Have a look at the link I posted to see this same group 2 days later... many chicks in easy view there.
Other chicks are visible way back , & they do not show adult coloration either. 😉 12 January is early for adult feathers, even here!
Hi, @sand_rp Have you had a chance to read the FAQ (under "Discussion boards")? When you suspect more penguins you can't mark, finish with "Too many penguins to mark". 😃
Hello, @Melkay - Have a read through in the FAQ section to gain a general idea of hatching times. Hatch dates vary with local conditions.
DorosZoo had commented: "Not many chicks for the number of adults in the shot." by DorosZoo March 4 2018 9:33 PM (Not-allowed hash mark removed.)
@Selena_Trujillo had said, "Can see some penguins but can see all of them. nighttimepenguins by Selena_Trujillo February 13 2018 9:50 AM (Not-allowed hash mark removed.)
@Lexi194 had posted: "Man penguins are rly lit but there is so many of them marking them is a lot of work " freethepenguins by Lexi194 January 29 2018 11:30 AM (Not-allowed hashtag removed)
Only moderators apply hashtags here to keep Search working well. Thanks, and welcome!
Moderators have helped by removing the hashtag.
@ recrea33 asked if this is a creche. Yes, this is a King penguin creche, so all of the dark-feathered penguins here are chicks.
Yes, exactly right. We mark any vehicle as "Vessel". Good for you! 😃
Please remove just the # since moderators apply hashtags here. Thanks! (Moderators have helped by removing the hashtag.)
@ recrea33 wondered if these are sheep. Yes, on the Falklands there are sheep. Please mark as "Other" but no species, just say "OK".
@Ginger_Nut2005 - No hashtags, please, to keep Search working well.. Moderators have removed the hashtag.
Hashtags are restricted to moderators for this project. Your comment is fine.Thanks!
@Ginger+Nut2005 wanted to tell us that "penguinousruletheworld". Moderators have removed the hashtag.
We'd appreciate it if you'd please remove both hash marks- the words can certainly remain. If you'll help in this way moderators won't have to remove your comment. 😉 (Moderators helped by removing hashtags.)
Since you were last here hashtags have been restricted to moderators only- Please see the updated FAQ for that and other improvements.
( Edited to say I have helped by removing the comment's hash mark, and quoted your comment in the newer post here.) We do need you to please edit out just the # mark since moderators still are the only ones permitted hashtags.
Hi, @DorosZoo - this is a huge rookery- besides eggs & tiny chicks @coldcounter mentioned, thousands of chicks & adults are out of camera range.
There are also geese & some sheep...Mark those near the penguins, as Other (no species). For gulls or other listed species use species name.
You'll also see sheep, geese, possibly cattle... and vehicles! Mark unlisted animals as Other (no species), vehicles as vessels 😄
Good spotting! Yes, this site is in the Falklands. The gulls and other predators want the eggs and young chicks.
New penguin counters, you have a good view of a pair of young gentoo chicks near the centre of this photo. See the small grey cushions?
Hi, JQ , as bienle123 says, that is a wet rock... pretending to be a penguin. As yshish says, we only mark live penguins anyway! 😃
Back at the beach... peaceful evening surounds the nests.
Hi again, @patdi . Do you know you can scroll down to read what has been posted about this photo? 😃 This chick is healthy, just napping.
Yes, that's right. At this rookery grass and earth are more available than pebbles. Welcome back, @patdi ! 😃
Welcome to new penguin counters! Read the FAQ and Tutorial to learn correct marking and to really enjoy Penguin Watch... and thank you for your help for the penguins!
Mark all unlisted animals such as sheep, cattle & geese as "Other" then OK- do not choose any species.
We don't mark vessels as humans, nor do we mark vehicles as human. 😉 Humans on foot are marked Human of course.
It's new to us to see vehicles as in this Falklands site, but a vehicle would logically be marked as a vessel. It's the same concept.
Breeding cycle charts for Gentoos in FAQ show that in October there are only Adults.
"difficult to tell if adults or chicks" FAQ teaches how to recognize chicks/adults, & says to use "Adult" when you can't tell.
"difficult to see "...True. That's why Tutorial and FAQ suggest "Too many penguins to mark" when we believe we see penguins we can't mark.
Please mark as chick as usual, and if you mention the word leucistic, a moderator will happily stop by with a hashtag. Thanks!
Hello, @neillrwt - We're following this #leucistic (less pigment than usual) rather than albino (no pigment whatsoever) chick. 😃
No one can wipe moisture from the camera, so we must just do the best we can. Mark those you're sure of, then use "Too many penguins..."
Hi,please go ahead and mark as usual.There is often moisture on the lens. Learn more in FAQ, under Discussion Boards.
Very nice indeed!
Very helpful, @AvastMH . I'm sure @Melkay will appreciate that extra effort!
So, @Melkay, you have two moderators helping you at once! 😄
These are more Gentoos. Check out the photos in the FAQ to learn the different species. 😃
Hi, @Melkay , we don't laugh at anyone's questions. The Gentoo penguins are lying on the nests to keep their eggs warm. It's called brooding, and they will also brood the newly hatched chicks when the eggs hatch.
Per favore, gentile segnalatore del pinguino, dobbiamo marcare solo ciò che vediamo veramente, piuttosto che ciò che sospettiamo. Non marchiamo mai i nidi per le uova non viste. Solo quando mamma o papà pinguino ci fanno vedere l'uovo nel nido, allora possiamo segnare l'uovo. Molte grazie per il tuo aiuto- per favore leggi le FAQ. 😃
Contrassegniamo solo le uova che vediamo nel nido, ad esempio, quando l'adulto sta per girare le uova. Grazie per aver aiutato i pinguini!
No, i nidi non sono mai contrassegnati, si prega di seguire le regole della FAQ, contrassegnare solo ciò che si vede con certezza.
Unfortunately zoom can't yet be added to this project for now. Thank you for marking as many chicks as possible; much appreciated! "Too many penguins to mark" will include the rest!
That's correct, along with some evidence of #predation (bones, lower left) and three snowy sheathbills (centre back).
Yes, it's usually some form of moisture: rain, snow, ice, or fog. Just mark it as "I can't tell" as stated in Tutorial and FAQ. 😃
Oh I like this, @bienle123. 😃 Collected into penguin poems.
Exactly so. 😃
Mark Upland geese, cattle & sheep as Other- no species. No need to mark every one of these, just those near the penguins.
@Melkay- As coldcounter said for zoom. This is the Falklands. Besides listed animals you'll see humans & vehicles (mark as vessel).
@Melkay - The brown chicks are young King penguins. Adults have black, white, and yellow colouration. You can learn more in the FAQ section.
I see the results of rain/snow and penguin guano (poo) coloured red by the krill they eat. The white penguin guano on a stone is from a fish dinner- see it?
Moisture again. Read the FAQ to learn how to deal with difficult conditions: FAQ 1.2 says,"Choose the ‘Yes’ option if you can tell that some animals are present. Mark as much as you can and then tick the ‘There were too many penguins to mark’ option after the classification, even when there are fewer than 30 penguins."
You'll see moisture/rain/snow/ice etc. on the cameras' lenses quite often. Mark what you can regardless of weather, please.
The cameras are mounted on poles stabilized by support legs and stones. Yes, they may move sometimes in Antarctic and near-Antarctic winds.
Yes, mated pairs are beginning nesting.
Most often it's wind direction.
It's a beautiful day!
Yes, the one I'm looking at is preening- and preening can include some mighty odd positions. 😃
It's the first of December, I don't see any chicks here yet. All here would be marked as adults.The abandoned egg down from "Collect" would not be counted.
Please do study the photos and descriptions in the FAQ so you'll be comfortable telling them apart. When you can't tell, mark as Adult.
It's November here- there are no chicks. All are adult.
There are people here supervising and flagging the rookery. The tourists are not allowed any closer, but penguins go anywhere they please. So the penguins are protected while they are also being studied.
Good question! One of the reasons we are asked to classify people, vessels, and vehicles is to see how the penguins are affected.
If you'd please edit out just the # we won't have to delete your observation. Mark the penguins you see here, & include the rest with "Too many penguins..."
Hi, @Selena_Trujillo - Please do not use hashtags for this project. Only moderators may apply hashtags to keep Search accurate. (Edited to say I've helped by removing the hash mark. Your comment has been quoted for you in the newer post to this thread.)
@JQ Night photos and bad weather can make classification tricky, but with your help we can learn so much about penguins. Thanks.
Welcome to you, @Melkay ! No need for embarrassment. There is a great deal to learn and we'll help you. We hope you enjoy PW. Thank you!
Yes, I know- it does in this photo because of the bright sunlight, but it does have some darker shading of feathers and it has dark eyes, so leucistic. 😉
And the voice of the penguin is heard in the land!
Thanks- it's not albino, since we've seen it has some pigment. It's a #leucistic chick we hope we can track over time. Thanks for helping!
Hi! For these interesting night photos, please mark what you're sure of. Include the rest with "Too many penguins..." as in FAQ. Thanks!
Hi, @Selena_Trujillo - Yes, these are nighttime penguins. Please remember FAQ says only moderators may use hashtags. Thanks for your help!
Yes, @lydgatejuniorschool, penguins are very cool! Thank you for helping this important scientific project.
Wow- see how large she/he is getting! Thanks! #leucistic
I see 2 fluffy grey/white chicks lying on their bellies, no head flash. Black & white adults do have a white head flash. Finish with "Too many penguins..."
Hi again, @Melkay - You are never asked to tell if they are male or female (even scientists can't tell!), just which are adult and which are chicks. The FAQ will help!
We only mark when we're sure- no guessing. The only chicks I would mark here are straight down from the moon symbol: 2 fluffy grey & white chicks at the feet of an adult.
This photo is from 8th December, when there are just a few chicks hatched out, so all of these black and white penguins are adults.
Hi, @Melkay - It will be easier when you've read the FAQ because it explains everything. 😃
Our #leucistic chick is up and to the right of the middle.
Bonjour! Malheureusement, il n'est pas possible d'ajouter une fonction de zoom à ce programme. Au lieu de cela, s'il vous plaît marquer tout ce que vous êtes sûr de, puis finir avec "Trop de pingouins ..." comme demandé dans notre FAQ. Je vous remercie!
"Cold snow cold snow...What happened to 'Sunny vacation paradise'?"
We don't have the exact locations of most sites- it helps protect the penguins. I do think this is in the South Georgia area. @AvastMH ?
Yes, that's right. You'll see sheep, cattle, geese (mark all 3 as Other, but don't choose a species), vehicles (mark as vessels) and people here as well as predatory birds in the Other list.
So we look carefully & only mark eggs we see for sure and that are in the nest, not shells or eggs out of the nest.
That's a good thing. If the penguins left eggs out in the open, the chicks would die from cold or predators would eat them.
Yes, that is a Snowy sheathbill at centre bottom. We only mark when we're sure, so I'm happy for you that what you suspected is here! 😃
😃 They put them out when tour groups visit, and people supervise to be sure the penguins are always safe from visiting humans.
One would hope! In truth, the residents of the area sound like very kind and interesting folks.
That would be a fine start. I've read of choosing from over thirty kinds of cakes and pastries.
OK, Let's share the flag job and keep some time open to sample tea and desserts to keep the tourists safe also. 😄
The (mostly) Land Rover off-road rides are very bumpy. Penguins, people, tours, tea and desserts all come highly recommended. 😃
OK- There are game wardens/park rangers/residents on duty when a tour group visits. They put out markers, answer questions, & keep penguins safe.
...but since we don't know what the situation is here, I'll see what I can find out.
At other sites with tour groups we've seen the local staff putting out cones, flags, etc. thus markers are in place only when needed. I'd assume a similar plan here...
They are indeed! 😃
Look for little white triangles, @bienle123 - scattered along the very edge of the area of brown earth.
It is only necessary to mark the sheep, cattle, geese, etc. near the penguin rookery- all as Other, no species. Vehicles are marked as "Vessel" 😃
Please follow FAQ 6: "All animals on the land like seals, cormorants/shags, geese, birds of prey like turkey vultures, caracaras etc. (we’ve even seen some deer in the previous data sets, not expected any more.) You can mark each of them that you can see clearly using the ‘Other’ (blue) mark without ticking any option."
Yes, good observtion, @bienle123 . From FAQ 4.2: "...You will see chicks of different ages all together. In this extended breeding period, early breeders start in November, late breeders start in January."
Hi- The vehicles (mark as vessels) bring tourists there to see penguins. The tours I have read about are not allowed to go past the flags.
In July Gentoos are more likely to be found away from their rookeries, visiting from time to time without being "at home" until breeding season.
That lovely little fluffy penguin-shaped blob? Yes indeed, #leucistic chick taking a nap!
Hello again, @Jent. 😃 It is blurry, but it's really easy to mark: mark the animals you're sure of, & end with "Too many penguiuins..." as in FAQ.
...Sadly we had to delete your hashtagged comment. Thanks for commenting without hashtags next time.
@hypermediocrity These are King penguins, adults (black &white) and chicks (brown fluffy) . Moderators apply hashtags here...
No, @Terrilain, the penguin chick is not dead. It really, truly is alive. The cuddling idea was a bit of a joke. 😉
Welcome, @kobrown. In November, all here are adults. 😉 We hope you and your students enjoy this valuable scientific project!
The sheep were a bit of a surprise for us too! 😄
FAQ 6 addresses this "...All animals on the land like seals, cormorants/shags, geese, birds of prey like turkey vultures, caracaras etc. (we’ve even seen some deer in the previous data sets, not expected any more.) You can mark each of them that you can see clearly using the ‘Other’ (blue) mark without ticking any option."
Hello, @Jent - This is in the Falklands, where there are people, vehicles (mark as vessel), sheep, cattle, and geese (mark all as Other, no species).
Hi, @LynnetteC - That's a #leucistic (less pigment than usual) chick. Albinos have no pigment at all (hard to see the difference here!)
Penguins seem messy to you? 😃 That's OK, they must do this, they are birds!
@mati202 had said, "It looks like shop opening in Poland." That's funny, but sadly we had to remove your comments that had hashtags. Moderators only are permitted to use them on this project.
It's a challenging word! 😄
Quite likely it is running feeding- (feeding run.) Good spotting!
You can read the comments below yours to feel sure it is sleeping as chicks do. All is well!
@Edyflwr - I absolutely agree! Young creatures do such a fine job of learning behaviours charmingly! @astavoe - Yes, thanks. I looked and looked to be sure! #leucistic
Hi, @zdena ! I see all Gentoo penguins here, and I don't remember seeing any seals in this hatchery. Where do you see a seal, please? 😃
This sighting is worth a moderator's hashtag: #King#egg , and I've added it to my collection, King penguins- 2017 batch. @Avast@yshish
I'm glad you posted about it here though- usually King eggs are not seen since they are held on the parents' feet, under the belly flap, until long after hatching when the chick is able to keep warm on its own and the adults go fishing for food..
@zdena - That's a rare sight- a King penguin egg. FAQ 6 says : ...also we do not mark eggs/chicks that we don’t really see, or broken egg shells, or abandoned eggs (out of nest).
There's a fairly near group of 4 chicks under the time. Further back at least 2 show an adult headflash.
When you can tell it's a penguin but are not sure if adult or chick, please mark as adult.
No need to mark every sheep, etc. Just those closest to the penguins. There may also be some of the bird species in the Other list- such as Kelp gull.
Yes! This site is in the Falklands, so we can expect to see humans, vehicles (mark as vessel), cattle, sheep, and geese (mark as Other, then OK- don't select species.)
Hi, @joelle_nicholson - Yes, lovely penguin tracks. (I want a shortbread mould with that as the imprinted design!) 😃
But our FAQ is clear: All animals on the land like seals, cormorants/shags, geese, birds of prey like turkey vultures, caracaras etc. (we’ve even seen some deer in the previous data sets, not expected any more.) You can mark each of them that you can see clearly using the ‘Other’ (blue) mark without ticking any option.
Some lovely clear penguin tracks are visible here.
This is a #leucistic chick. It has less pigment than usual.
Hi - These penguins are alive! They are moulting, so must save energy as much as they can. While moulting they can't fish.
😄 Yes- we have two choices. I also would use Vessel in this case.
We agree it could be helpful and no, not at the present time. Changing to one of the newer interfaces would be a huge task. Thank you for taking the time for thoughtful classifications.
Since we mark boats with people visible as vessels (not marking the people) marking a car as a vessel (not marking the people) makes sense!
It would have matured and gone off with the other young adults surely?
Echoing the good wishes from @Hatschi and @AvastMH... Thank you all for your good efforts, good intents, and good will!
We've seen sheep and geese at this site in the Falklands. 😃
Welcome, @DorosZoo - As with any other unlisted animal, FAQ still tells us: "All animals on the land like seals, cormorants/shags, geese, birds of prey like turkey vultures, caracaras etc. (we’ve even seen some deer in the previous data sets, not expected any more.) You can mark each of them that you can see clearly using the ‘Other’ (blue) mark without ticking any option."
Yep...the chicks are pretty much on their own until their own parents return from fishing.
Hi, @LinMarSmith ! Good spotting. That's a #leucistic (less pigment than usual) Gentoo chick we've been discussing. I've applied a moderator's hashtag for you.
How wonderful! King chicks when small...just big enough to leave the protective flap. There is a feeding left middle.
It's pure pleasure marking King penguins again.
Adults have a black throat and white head flash. If unsure whether a chick/adult, mark it as adult.
So yes, please mark even the sheep with the blue Other mark, without choosing any species, then click on OK.
Thanks for checking. The FAQ addresses this: "All animals on the land like seals, cormorants/shags, geese, birds of prey like turkey vultures, caracaras etc. (we’ve even seen some deer in the previous data sets, not expected any more.) You can mark each of them that you can see clearly using the ‘Other’ (blue) mark without ticking any option."
Those who mark many, many, always run through the set sooner than those who manage to mark a few in their precious time available...but we really are at the tail end. 😃
Hi, @smallvbk - We really need you to read the FAQ, please. 😃 It will tell you that when you can't tell if chick/adult, always mark as adult.
Those dots are not penguins, they are guano from the penguins that were here earlier. This should be marked "There are no animals". 😉
Well, no. One of the reasons we ask you to mark only what you are certain about is that scale is tricky.
That's OK- others who mark the same photo will likely mark them.
Most folks will still have photos available for marking for a little while. 😃 😃
Hi- Do you mean the post? That's an older camera mount post, left there for future needs.
@fred_neill - Please keep in mind we have small children, families, and school groups helping us. 😉
Moderators will keep you posted as to when new data will be ready. Thanks! 😃
That's correct, @coldcounter , while those who have classified many images are out of data, there may still be some photos in the system.
That behaviour has caught my eyes as well, @AvastMH- several examples for that lower right nest in my "Two chicks..."
Verde- AKA Barrientos Island
"Would you like a krill-filled pie, Billy boy (or girl), Billy boy?"
Yes, plus one gentoo penguin bottom right (see head flash) and perhaps one penguin near top left- but not certain so I'd not mark that one.
Most are indeed adult and fledging cormorants (mark as Other, no species chosen.) I see one gentoo penguin far right, in back (look for the white headflash.
Correct- Perhaps you already know to mark cormorants, seals, etc. as Other, then OK- no species chosen. 😃
It's quite an interesting abstract design, isn't it?
We never guess when classifying on Penguin Watch. Feel free to suggest possibilities here in Talk, of course! 😃
No- This would be "I can't tell". (That's tussock grass in the flash, but we can't tell if any animals are present. 😉 )
Just the usual snow on the lens, @PeggyRedman. Please don't comment on obscured images. Mark this as "I can't tell", then move on to a new photo, please.
There are at least 8 penguins here, and about 11 I'd mark as cormorants. The sky has some lovely colours, doesn't it? )
If you can't tell what you are seeing, just leave it unmarked. Volunteers with more experioence will be marking the photo also, so all will be well.
You can learn how to mark unlisted animals like cormorants and seals by reading FAQ 6. I'll help for now- Mark each cormorant as "Other", then choose "OK- don't choose a species.
Hi again. There are two species here: Gentoo penguins and Atlantic cormorants, also called Blue-eyed shags.
Thanks for your hard work helping the penguins! 😃 Make a Collection of your favourite photos instead of hashtagging. (Hashtag removed.)
One request: please don't add hashtags. You can help by removing only the # symbol. Moderators apply hashtags on PW to keep Search from getting clogged.
@LiamandMama - Congratulations! 😃 It's a good clear egg sighting in the nest, so can be counted.
The native inhabitants watched the vessels as they anchored nearby, hoping they were not krill eaters.
@penguinfinder - Yes, it's wonderful to see so many even when we know they are in danger. (Please avoid using ALL CAPS since it looks like shouting! 😃 )
Dies sind Atlantic Kormorane auch Blauäugige shags, Erwachsene und Küken genannt. FAQ 6 zeigt Kormorane und erzählt, wie sie zu markieren. Mark als andere, dann klicken Sie auf OK. Verwenden Sie keine Art auswählen. Oft sehen wir auch Eselspinguine hier, so genau hinschauen!
Mark as Other, then choose OK. Don't select a species. Often we also see gentoo penguins here, so look carefully!
These are Atlantic cormorants also called Blue-eyed shags, both adults and chicks. FAQ 6 shows cormorants and tells how to mark them.
You can use "There are too many..." to end when you think there are more. 😉
Hi @PeggyRedman - Please don't worry. Others who also mark this image will likely count that chick.
Chicks are hot, and trying to cool down. 😃 Chick feet for @Hatschi !
Please mark seals as Other, then OK- no species.
Only humans on land are marked as Human. (Read FAQ to learn accurate classification. 😃 )
Yes, that's right, @cdnmapmaker - Mark seals, cormorants, & any other unlisted animal as Other, then OK- don't select species. Thank you!
They are certainly begging persuasively. 😃
I suspect it may be a first year nest. No experienced Gentoo here would make such a tiny nest.
I have not seen any egg or chick in what I've collected as "Top right tiny nest, Egg_Rock .
All chicks are out of sight with their creche companions.
Two of the adults are resting- soon they will moult. The Snowy sheathbill has found a tasty morsel in the guano.
Die Pinguine ich sehe hier scheinen meist Küken zu sein.
@arcuspluvius - Ja, es kann schwierig sein, Küken von Erwachsenen zu erzählen, besonders nachts, wenn sie anfangen zu mähen! Wir fragen, dass, wenn Sie nicht sagen können, wenn Küken oder Erwachsene immer als Erwachsene markieren. Hilft das? Danke, dass du den Pinguinen geholfen hast!
Morning at Egg_Rock . Everyone is out of camera range...except for Mt. Luigi's reflection.
Most adults are at home, early on this snowy morning.
Showing a few adult Gentoo penguins and a creche made up of many chicks of several ages. Bulging crops on the muddy little dears indicate a recent meal.
Awww... yes. 😃
Some new parents of any species are especially careful, others are spectacularly careless.
We know that The Boldflash pair did not have a nest in 2014-5, & raised two chicks in 2015-6, so this may be only their second nest..
Each pair of adults makes their best judgement as to whether their 1-2 chicks are able to maintain body temperature.
This behaviour of a chick joining younger chicks in a nest not its own is unusual enough for a hashtag: #creche (Moderator's hashtag)
@Edyflwr You'll enjoy seeing "Cousin John" (or whatever name we each use in thinking of it) 2 days before the image on which you commented.
Boldflash says, "My dear chick, your mother and I are happy you bring all your friends to our nest for safety and fun, but we are not supplying snacks for them, sorry!"
Yes- use the "Too many penguins..." option to end with. That will alert the science team there may be more present than you could mark.
How beautiful: Snaggletooth site in early winter morning light.
Hello, @Suspina - This one spent all of a long day. 😃
@AvastMH - Gorgeous photo here- both Gentoos and cormorants with snow on the lens..
FAQ 6 tells us to mark cormorants as "Other", then "OK" - do not choose a species. Seals and any other non-listed animals are marked the same way.
After you mark all cormorants and penguins here, end with "Too many penguins..." for the very reason you posted. 😉
@LDBabcock - Please read the FAQ linked on every Classification page, the Home page, and along the left side of Talk.
In this case we really must choose "I can't tell." since we can't tell if there are any penguins.
...then end with "Too many..." to signal to the scientists that there may be more penguins.
Yes- We often see snow, ice, and moisture on the lens. Thus FAQ asks us to mark what we can in such cases...
Egg_Rock moulting - It must present a challenge if one of a pair of adults begins to moult before the chicks are old enough to also moult & fast.
There is an unhatched egg there beside a chick. We can see it's out of the brood patch and nest centre, on the edge of the nest. It won't hatch (I wouldn't mark it).
In such a small rookery, some chicks gather into a creche group (See FAQ) while others are happy on their own.
When penguin chicks are able to regulate their own body temperatures, both parents go fishing to feed their chick/chicks.
Yep... not my focus though 😉 We're looking for good examples of the cormorants especially.
😃 The frontal and rear-facing penguins made me laugh with their efforts to assist us. 😉
Perhaps that is the rookery to which the early summer Gentoos move after starting out close to the camera in Chinstrap territory?.
A peaceful winter's afternoon, therefore it's likely Gentoos seen visiting in the distance.
'Two of these birds are not like the others...' Front and back views of Gentoo adults alongside the cormorants (See FAQ 6.)
Yes, it certainly has had a good feed recently.
Yes. We've seen that one a few times. Thanks for not marking it. New PW volunteers: we never mark dead animals.
...but I have not seen any prior reference to a chick joining a different nest to make a creche. We saw similar behaviour in the Boldflash nest (adult to the left) when a very small chick visited there.
From what I can read and observe, one expects the chicks to form creches with other semi-independent chicks...
Such penguin behaviour seems not to be closely studied yet, so these images of this small area may add a great deal to our understanding of Gentoo behaviour!
@SolsticeReign - Read the FAQ section and you'll know exactly how to mark any photo. Use FAQ 6 for this.
Edited... Yes, it's best to mark only what you are sure of...
I believe Gentoos use those headflashes as part of their visual signals...just can't prove it yet! 😃
Hi, @fred_neill - They are covered by blowing snow rather than burying themselves. 😉 Yes- it's a good challenge for our brains' figure/ground differentiation!
Thanks, @fred_neill - Boldflash and 8 of the 9 chicks we saw for that season.
When you read FAQ 6 you saw how to mark cormorants and any other animal not on the Other list: Put a blue Other mark on each one you can, then choose OK, without ever choosing a species.
That's the way to do it if you can't tell, so thanks. These all show the squared tail and white faces of the cormorants that share this rookery with Gentoo penguins.
Poor George. 😃
One asks for food, three sleep off the latest meal, while another contemplates her lovely, muddy feet.
What a beautiful evening at Snaggletooth!
"Look, Mutti, I'm swimming!" "Very nice, Max!"
If you can't tell if any animals are present, mark as "I can't tell".
Night photos in Antarctica will never have good lighting! 😄 Even so, they are important.
We can only mark eggs that we really see, and they must be in a nest.
Yes, the date on the photo and the Breeding cycles link in the FAQ do tell us this is nesting time.
@LDBabcock - Everyone should mark such photos as "I can't tell" as you are asked to do in the FAQ. Does that help, please?
FAQ 6 also includes some pointers to help you identify them. Young cormorants look similar, but are a shaggy brown.
Be careful though- they mingle with both Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins in a few sites, so look carefully.
It asks that you mark them simply as "Other", then "OK"- no species selected.
@lesleylupo - Hi again! I'm sure you've read the FAQ? Well, FAQ 6 identifies these fish eating birds as cormorants/shags as you surmised.
@LDBabcock - Please read the FAQ. 😃 When you think there are more penguins you can't mark accurately, end with "Too many penguins..."
@LDBabcock - Yes, that's why our FAQ section asks you to mark what you are sure of, then end with "Too many..." if there are more.
Everyone would mark this "I can't tell"... because we can't! 😃 Please do read the FAQ to learn to classify correctly. Thank you.
Choosing "I can't tell" allows the image to remain in the pool for others to classify.
The night photos are very important since this is the first time penguins' night behaviour has been studied.
When you can't tell if any animals are visible though, you need to choose "I can't tell", please.
I see one I'd mark, down from the moon phase symbol and slightly left. We ask that you mark any you're sure of, then end with "Too many..."
@Gromato - Oh I understand what you mean! You can edit your own posts, by the way. Hover your cursor over your post, click "edit" & proceed.
If you do see a dead animal, we never, never mark them, so when in doubt, leave it unmarked, please.
Yes, cormorants are marked as "Other" as you say, without selecting any species. I see only live cormorants here.
Hi, @bonnie - We don't see your marks in Talk- only the science team and programmers see them. 😉
No one here can see your marks, so when you'd like help you'll want to give some basic locations (down from the time, top right, etc.) 😃
Hi- I see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, all to be marked as Adult.. Where did you think you saw something different? (Please only mark what you're certain about.)
(Moderator note: Hashtag removed.)
Hi, @Blodosaurus - Another moderator request for you to please remove the # mark. Otherwise, moderators must remove your good comment. Thanks.
Hi, @rudd_josh - Please remove that hash mark # so moderators don't have to remove your otherwise helpful comment. Edited: Hashtag removed.
Yes, read FAQ 6 to know how to mark: Mark as Other, but don't choose a species.
Yes, and FAQ 6 tells how to mark seals: mark as Other, no species selected.
Hi, @VF13 - You'd need to have read our FAQ to know these are cormorants nesting alongside Gentoo penguins. Mark as Other, no species selected.
Yes, good nests and resident sheathbill visible, and one adult with very muddy front.
It is a clear view, so yes, this would be a good addition with at least 2 examples visible, thank you both! #mating (Moderator approved hashtag.)
Yes- we mark seals on land or ice as Other, no species listed.
Such young adults can often be seen around the perimeter of a rookery. We first observed Boldflash in 2014-15, when he and a female spent their non-fishing time standing to the side watching nesting adults.
The newly adult chicks will not breed this year, however, they reach sexual maturity at 2-3 years old.
This is a good example for a moderator-applied hashtag: #pebbler
Looks like it- so 6 are visible.
That lower right nest had the 2 youngest chicks the previous season.. Boldflash & Beautyflash had their last season's nest just off camera to the left of this image.
Therefore there are no plans at present to add cormorants to the predator list. The scientists are happy with their current set-up, with cormorants discussed in FAQ 6.
The animals on the Other list are all land predators of penguins. Cormorants are not predators of penguins, they are fellow fish eaters.
Looks like a raised area of snow- nothing I would mark.
The dark brown fluffy birds on the left are cormorant chicks.
By the time these Chinstraps are moulting the Gentoos are long gone to their own nearby rookery.
... when they change places for nest duty, and when the eggs hatch.
The eggs must be kept warm and protected from predators. The only time they should be visible to us is when the adults turn the eggs...
It's a valuable night image, but if you can't see anything, just mark as "I can't tell".
@anilam wanted to comment that this image is dark. (hashtag removed, moderators only may apply them please.)
Selkie, selchie, silkie...all to be treated with the utmost respect! 😃
I have removed your hashtagged comment, as only moderators may use them on Penguin Watch to keep Search running well.
@fullsteamahead - Please read FAQ. Just mark such an image as "I can't tell". No need to comment here.
The full troop of 9 chicks on parade again for the 2015-2016 season.
Lower right nest- a warning for the pushy sheathbill.
Yes- either a leopard or crabeater seal. ark as Other, no species needed.
FAQ 6 tells exactly what to do with cormorants, seals, and other non-listed species. Go ahead and mark as other, but do not choose species.
You thought you observed mating (none seen here) and that this photo was early in the season. Sorry, this is very late indeed. The help in FAQ will explain all penguins here are moulting, thus fasting.
@chrisherbert - I've removed your comment since you applied a hashtag. Please read the FAQ- ignore the hashtag invitation in the comment box- only moderators may use hashtags.
I don't have a clue what you mean, but I'm betting if you'll read our carefully written FAQ you'll learn what to do. 😃
Yes, mark according to FAQ 6.
@DavidFoss - Please read the FAQ which explains how to mark accurately. FAQ is linked on the Home page, Recent page, and e3very Classification page.
We mark only what we see for sure, using the protocol in FAQ... so mark what you can near the camera, then "Too many..." to end.
The chick is begging, when fed it will reach right into the adult's throat. 😉
Yes- so all would be marked as Adult.
Please read the FAQ. They tell exactly what to do for any photo you see .
It's just a light artifact... something to enjoy, rather than mark.
I thought as much. It's good of you to stop by.
@Rogerht - Easy to mark if you read our FAQ. Place 1 Adult mark in the middle of the distant penguins, then end with "Too many..."
Seals and cormorants don't belong in the species list under Other, since they are all land predators of penguins and other factors that disturb penguins. The scientists are happy for us to follow FAQ 6.