Thanks everyone! You are awesome guys 😃 And yes, please, do join us on the new platform, there are plenty penguin images to be classified!
@AVGVSTA I think it may be snowing, although you are right about the moulting. Even adults moult every year to keep the insulation and waterproof qualities of their feathers.
The light reflection is very strong here so it is difficult to tell.
@AVGVSTA Yes, well noticed. You can mark them as chicks as long as you can see any chick features. (They look a bit punk, don't they?)
@AVGVSTA It's a good question. We don't see King penguin eggs very often as they are hidden under the skin fold you see above their feet. That's why we cannot say whether they're incubating eggs or warming up little chicks who aren't able to stay on their own yet.
Well spotted! They are sheep indeed. You don't have to mark them as they are very distant from the colony we focus on here.
According to this article, the cause is unknown and their number decrease is a mystery to the scientists. It can be caused by climate change but no one seems to know.
Seems like you are correct. 😃
@Lennoxville Thanks. I'm pretty sure you would notice if the pop-up message appeared - it wouldn't let you classify without clicking 'OK'.
@Lennoxville When you go to the Classificatiion page, by any chance, do you see a pop-up message telling that 'We've run out of data' before you start classifying?
It seems to come from one of the more distant nests: APZ000erku
@Lennoxville I don't think so. It seems to have both white and grey parts visible. Not sure what nest Lulu came from but we can have a look in the collection...
Yes, please. One shouldn't get the same image to classify multiple times. If that happens we have to alarm the researchers.
Just mark what you see and if you think there may be some more animals in the image, tick 'There were too many penguins to mark.' option. Thanks!
It is an ecstatic display call. You'll see it often at the beginning of the breeding season when a pair meets and starts bonding. It strengthen the bond also when a partner returns on the nest after a long absence.
They tend to keep close to their nest but as they grow up and start gathering into creches they may move further away but they will get back to their spot again.
Not sure whether a sheep or a cattle but they shall be marked as Other. But don't forget we don't have to mark too distant animals and others that are not close to penguins.
Cute little face 😃 Love it!
Could you please remove the tag by editing your post? We have an automatic collection of images tagged with 'Leucistic' and this one don't belong there. Thank you.
I'm sorry, can't see it here either. Please, remove the tag from your post. Thank you.
I don't see any, just penguins bent the way we only see their belly. We haven't seen a leucistic one on this site as far as I know.
So only if identifiable, then we mark them, right?
FAQ 3.3 If there are distant birds flying above the sea/land and are too small to be identified (even by a scientist), don’t mark them.
@gardenmaeve Do we really mark flying birds? I thought we don't.
Oh, cool! Hope you're enjoying the project! 😃
There is no chick at the bottom half of the image so whatever you were referring to is not a dead chick. Anyway, we don't mark dead chicks.
Yay, finally some macaronis 😃
They are nesting there 😃
You don't have to mark very distant animals like here. But if they are close to penguins, you can mark sheep as other without choosing any option from the list.
This site is on Falklands, the objects in the background are local sheep.
Don't worry about not being perfect. Each subject/image is classified by multiple volunteers and all marks are then combined together. Just try your best and have fun 😃
😃 Let us know then.
looks like a flipper raised up 😃
Yeah, chicks start to group into 'crèches' once they are big enough to stay without their parents. It helps them to keep warm and safe.
Vision test! Almost missed them 😃
Haha, kind of looks like one 😉
Gentoo chicks have white front side up to the bill so they may seem completely white. Also, in this colony we have seen a leucistic chick as well. Anyway, it's a gentoo chick 😃
It's been a long time since I got an image displaying all categories at once! 😄
Just remember, we only mark eggs and chicks we actually can see displayed in the image.
Yeah, good thinking. King penguins keep their eggs on their feet, covered by that skin fold (see those bumps below belly in many adults) to keep their eggs/little chicks warm.
Check out the FAQs for some hints how to tell moulting chicks apart from moulting adults (look for the throat colour, tail length, head patch)
They actually have all the signs of moulting adults so it would be more appropriate to mark them as Adults as they also moult (at the same time as chicks!) 😉
Oh, they are very clear. Thanks for sharing 😃
I guess it was placing the marks behind the image frame without displaying them as I didn't add a new mark.I only moved a mark placed before.
2/2 I wasn't able to click on the mark with my finger and although I didn't place any new mark, the pop-up saying it's 30 marks appeared.
1/2 I am not sure what happened but I was trying to move a mark I have placed already on one of the penguins standing near the left margin..
I wonder whether they got behind the image frame.
While using a touche device, some marks have been probably placed and counted but didn't display. Like about four marks near the left edge.
As for the geese, it is very likely. We have seen some geese already, even in different sites.
We do not need you to count all sheep/cows/humans, but it is good to be aware of their presence, so please, mark at least the closest one to the peng colony. Thanks.
Yeah, indeed. Sometimes the penguins pretend to be rocks, sometimes the rocks pretend to be penguins. I was tricked by it for the first second too 😃
This is a thing to be discussed more. I'm sending an email to the PW team.......
OK, how do we mark sheep? Is it no option from the list, or the last one (seals, etc?) I went with the last one although he Tutorial instruction isn't clear as it suggests not to choose anything but there is an option for the other others now.
Thanks. There is also the option to mark as Other without ticking anything from the list. But I'd go with the vessel anyway 😃
Do we mark cars as vessels or as humans? I went with a vessel.
Welcome 😃 It is a pleasure indeed! Lots to see in the new pictures!
The head patches in juveniles are fuzzy and not as clear as in adults, also, adults have long tail feathers. You'll get to see these little signs after a while 😃
You can easily tell by the white throat (=chick) or black throat (=adult). Also, adult Gentoos have distinct white head patch unlike chicks.
Oh, look at the little guy who came to huddle to an adult penguin warming up its two chicken. So cute. Is it worth #socialmedia?
Maybe just in hurry to be in a good light for the picture 😉
Yes, they are. Well recognized 😃 At the beginning of the project, there was a data set from different sites and they weren't expected to appear on the images. Just mark them as Other without choosing the species. Thanks a lot.
These are both cormorants and you should be able to mark them as Other (blue mark), just without choosing any species. Let us know if it doesn't work for you. And check out the FAQs for more information about classifying difficult images.
There are many nesting adults with some small chicks under their feet. Check out the FAQs for more information.
These all seem to be Cormorant (antarctic shags) to me. You can mark them as other (blue mark) without specifying the species.
Well, I did mark them, but then I remembered the new Tutorial says not to mark the distant locations (2nd page of the Tutorial) and so I panicked.
@gardenmaeve@AvastMH What do you think, shall we mark the humans here when they are so distant? I guess not?
Yes, well spotted 😃
😄 😄 😄
@duedool As said below your post, there are clear instructions how to mark seals (or other unlisted animals) in the FAQs, check them out 😉
Looks like an #injury to me 😦 Poor guy. Let's hope it will survive with that.
We've seen this site before, although probably not in the previous data set (can't tell for sure).
Haha. It would be perfect as a #dailyzoo for the Easter time 😄
Looks like it has found an Easter egg! (surprised it is there so early! 😄)
You're welcome. It is never too late to read them .) I'm sure you'll find many useful information there.
Actually, there is no need to mark all present other animals - as explained in FAQs. It is OK to mark the one standing closest to the penguins or out the mark in the center of their flock. You can mark more of them of course, but no need to mark every individual.
It probably just went for a selfie, then went back to check the results and happily walked away .) There must have been a cool view! 😄
Yeah, their snowy camouflage doesn't work so well on rocks 😃
I like a good laugh 😄 Don't worry, it happens! Everyone would like to find something extraordinary and cool, like a fish having a sunbath on an iceflow.
Have you seen the comparison thread in our FAQs? It may be helpful sometimes 😉
@Arnika Well noticed. These are not penguins but Antarctic shags (cormorants). You can mark them as Other (blue mark), without choosing a species. Check out the FAQs for more.
😃 Actually, not a fish but a seal! They often take a nap on ice flows. That would be quite a big fish (and of an unusual seal-like shape) 😉
Not sure what it is and whether it is alive. It could be a lying penguin. When you aren't sure better not to mark it. Check out the FAQs for help.
Yep, exactly as @mudbidog said, there are about two tiny chicks visible under many nesting penguins and an abandoned one on the left image margin. No need to mark eggs outside the nest, or empty shells.
It is not common to see a chick alone, having a nap on a rock, but there seem to be other penguin(s) just behind the left image margin. Let's hope it's OK:)
@Auds63 Yep, you are right! You can mark them using the Other (blue) option, just use the OK button without choosing a species. Check out the FAQs for more.
@jma62 Well done. These are Antarctic shags (cormorants). They share some rookeries with penguins and sometimes can be easily confused. You can mark them as Other birds (without specifying the species). No need to mark them all.
@jma62 Well spotted 😄 You can always mark seals by the Other (blue) mark, just without specifying the species. Just mark it and use the OK button. It is explained in the FAQs. Have a look 😉
Please, mark them as Other animal without choosing the species. Thanks.
Very 😃 It is like a Sugar land!
Oh yeah, well spotted! 😃
There are more of them on the image edges. I don't find anything strange on their number here 😃
We, moderators of PW, do read all the comments that appear on the Talk. And when we find something that is worth an attention of our scientists, we inform them immediately.
Anyway, it is good to follow the FAQs and recommendations by the moderators on various project Talks while using tags in your comments.
But in many projects (like PW) the researchers don't use any comments from our volunteers, they only work with the classification results.
@lpilarsk It's a good question. In some projects tags from comments play a very important role in the classification data processing (Chimp&See).
Awesome! 😄 Thanks.
Thanks 😃 Have you added the new site nicknames to the list?
Ah, I've almost missed the Sheathbill! 😄
No need to worry. That is not a blood but poo that is red from krill.
Please, check out the FAQs for more information about how to classify difficult pictures.
We want you to mark the other animals because they can mean a threat for penguins. When you use it for penguins then them make no sense 😃
@MrsPinguinNL I am sorry but we cannot see your marks. We don't want you to mark dead animals. The blue mark is meant only for other animals seen on the sites, not for penguins.
Yeah, I think you are right. But please, mark only those you are sure about. Check out the FAQs, there are more information about classifying difficult images. Thanks.
Well, I haven't found any penguin there. But don't worry. We only mark those we are sure about. Check out the FAQs for more information 😃
If the image is too dark for your screen to see any, then use the "I can't tell' option please. Thanks a lot for your help and for the question 😃
The researchers are very interested in their night time behaviour as this is the 1st time they can study it. Please, mark as many penguins as you can, and then go with Too many to count.
No, we monitor the penguins 24 hours a day, 365 days in a year. This one was made at 10 pm of the winter time, that's why there's so dark.
And some Antarctic shags (we mark them as Other birds) well mixed with the penguins 😃
And there are also some Antarctic shags close to them. Mark only those you are sure about (shags should be marked as Other animals) and then go with Too many to count. Thanks.
Yeah, there are many to be marked on my screen. If you aren't sure what you see, just use the I can't tell option. Otherwise mark as much as you can.
Good for you, I cannot! -)
Oh, so adorable guys!!!! Love them 😃
I don't see any injured penguin there, just one dirty from a poo. Is that what you meant @seacher ?
It is just a penguin poop red from krill they feed on. Check out the FAQs for more.
@dmwinand Please, don't use the Other mark for penguins. It is meant for other birds like Skuas or Sheathbills but not for penguins. You can also use it for marking seals or cormorants. Thanks.
No need to mark birds flying in a distance. Check out the FAQs for more information about difficult images.
It is just a moulting adult chinstrap penguin. They can look quite funny when moulting 😃
Just mark the ones you are sure about then.
They are antarctic shags (cormorants). Just mark them as Other animals without choosing the species from the list. Thanks. More in the FAQs.
Don't worry. We only want you to mark 30 of them. If you have troubles marking 30, then mark as much as you can and use the Too many to count option.
Hey, these are all Adelie penguins. Adults are black on back and white on the front side. All the full dark birds are their chicks here 😃 Check out the FAQs for the differences between adults and chicks.
Yeah, it happens often in the antarctic weather. Just mark as much as you can and then use the "Too many to count" option.
@Afinston Not sure what are you talking about. Where did you read that this is near a town? What town? The absence of penguins here has nothing to do with people. There are no people anywhere near.
Check out the FAQs for more information. Also, please, don't create hashtags in this project.
Yes, there are two nice chicks under that penguin. Usually, they lay two eggs in each nest. But not all chicks made it into their adulthood.
@swonne Please, don't create new tags. They are meant for search purposes only. We don't need to search for fog images here. Check out the FAQs for more info.
Yeah, it looks like a Chinstrap juvenile.
Don't worry. It's just a poop, red from krill our penguins feed on 😃
We've seen this site already.
Please, don't create unnecessary tags. The tags are meant for the search. Thanks. We will have to remove your posts 😦
Well recognized. You can mark them as other animals without a need to choose the species.
I am sorry but there are no babies. It is too early for them. 😃 Check out the FAQs for breeding cycles. They will tell you when to expect seeing babies.
I cannot see any, where exactly?
Yes, we have got a new data set for a couple of days already. There are more cameras placed close to each other as there are more colonies.
There is a fog on the camera lens that makes it looks blurry and reminds of clouds. There is actually a land behind that. Please, use the "I can't tell" option for these. Thanks.
Oh my! There are two of them!! 😄 Must be aliens 😄
Please, don't create new tags.We don't need search for dark images. (You can edit your posts to remove the # symbols if you want to help us)
Yes, as @Singing_Ginger said, the usual number of kids is two for each pair. Please, don't create unnecessary tags. Thanks 😃
The ones lying on the rocks? They are nesting 😃 They build their nests from pebbles (as seen on the right bottom).
Or foggy camera lens. That happens when the weather conditions aren't ideal. Just go with the "I can't tell" option. Thanks.
Check out the FAQs for more information about classifying difficult images.
Oh, no need to mark all the tiny distant birds. Just mark as much as you can in the front and then use the Too many to count (no problem if that is less than 30).
Just use the Too many to count option and that would be fine 😃 Thanks for your help, enjoy the project.
Check out the FAQs for the key features how to tell them apart from penguins.
Oh, well spotted! These are Antarctic Shags (cormorants). You can mark them as Other animals (without choosing the species as they aren't listed among the other options).
Thanks for your help. And believe me, your time isn't wasted by classifying these pictures at all! 😃
Just mark as much as you can and then go with Too many to mark. If it is so dark that you aren't sure whether there are penguins or not, then go with the 'I can't tell' option.
Not a waste of time. It is the first time the scientists can monitor penguin behaviour at night time. The results from these pictures are very useful and we really appreciate your marks there.
Well spotted. We monitor a few mixed colonies displaying two or even more penguin species at once! But usually they tend to stay aside from other sp.
@edytajj well recognized! 😃 They are my favourite penguin species. I love their red beaks and feet!
If unsure, you can always use the "I can't tell" option 😃
I can see why you think you can see the head there. Their throats are dirty from lying on the ground. Just a visual trick.
Ah, no. There is no beak or eyes visible. Can you see the chick on the left with its head bent to the side? It is a typical chick posture.
Congratulations! It is always great feeling to find an egg! 😃 Wait for the moment you'll find more of them in a single frame! 😃
Anyway, thanks for asking. It is always exciting to find a leucistic penguin in our data 😃
Yeah, let's hope those colonies won't get much smaller the following years......
To me, it looks the way it should. Well, we can't tell what the colour of its head is unless we can see it. But there is too small chance the colour isn't right.
Its head is bent the way we can see only the white throat. No parts that are supposed to be dark appear white there so I wouldn't speak of leucism.
As said in the FAQs, when you aren't sure whether it is a penguin or a rock, don't mark it.
There are no penguins in this picture. Some rocks make it difficult but once you get more familiar with individual sites you'll be able to recognize them more easily 😃
And check out the FAQs for more information. There are also breeding cycles for individual species that will help you to tell when to expect seeing eggs.
Oh, these two in the front are tiny chicks. So cute! 😃 On the top menu, there is a Search page. Look for "egg" there and it will show you some examples.
Hey, that happens, especially in night time pictures. Just mark as much as you can and you are sure about and then go with the "Too many to count" option. Thanks for your help!
Hard to say in penguins. But most of them seem to be just standing. Interesting view anyway 😃
Please, read the FAQs. There is a chapter about using hashtags for this project. Thanks for your help.
@HKMacalligan Please, don't create unnecessary hashtags. They are meant for search. Are you going to search for pictures that are hard to see? We aren't either.
Just go with the "I can't tell" option when it asks you whether there are any penguins. Thanks for your help 😃
Also look at their chin. Adult Gentoos have black chin/throat, unlike juveniles who have white chins! 😉 Check out the FAQs for more info.
I agree with @coldcounter it is just a poo. The chick looks fine, just napping after a good snack 😃
Thanks @coldcounter for your help with replying 😃 @WilliamPHall Check out the FAQs for detailed differences between chicks and adult in individual species.
We don't need you to mark eggs out of the nest 😉 A flying skua is possible there, but we can't tell unless we can see it too 😄
Just mark as much as you can and then use the Too many to count. Check out the FAQs for more information about classifying difficult images.
No need to worry. It is helpful to mark 30 of them and then go to another frame. Just use the Too many to count option before finishing the classification 😉
Luckily, not too dark to mark the penguins 😉
If unsure - because the signs are not visible or when you aren't sure, the best thing to do is to mark them as adults. Thanks for your help.
Hello @swanwick1 Have you read our FAQs? Some cameras are more distant than others but when you know what signs to look for, then you can tell adults from chicks anyway.
Just mark as much as you can and then mark one from the distant bird and use the Too many to count option. Thanks.
We cannot tell their health from this picture but it looks glorious indeed!
Check out the FAQs for more information 😃
They are dirty from lying on the ground. They are unable to thermoregulate their body temperature and so when feeling hot, they have to cool themselve that way.
Haha ,now I'm recognising the site!
Yes, it is a chick crèche. Check out the FAQs for more about breeding behaviour
The weather conditions are not always friendly in Antarctica. The pictures are taken by automatic cameras during the whole year without a human presence. The blur is usually made by water drops on the lens.
It is not too dark on my screen. Please, try to mark as much penguins as you can. Even if it is less than 30, it is helpful to say there are some then to leave the image unmarked. Thanks.
Moreover, we mark the unsure ones as adults too! 😉 Don't worry if you make a mistake, other volunteers will go through the same pictures as you, and together we will very likely get to the correct classification.
This image is not as blurry as it may seem on the firs sight. There are many penguins standing in the background of the foreground land. You can mark them all as adults since it is April time.
As for this one, yes, these are chicks 😉 But when you're having troubles to tell, it is always better to mark the unsure ones as adults. Thanks for your help, hope you enjoy the project! 😃
Not always. When moulting, even adults look fuzzy! Check out our FAQs (top menu on the Classification page) for the differences between adults and chicks in each penguin species.
Yep, as @coldcounter said, it is a Brown Skua. You can recognize them by the white V shaped patterns on their wings (when spread).
Oh, what an unknown tag for me, a new site nickname? 😄 (BTW, check out your email please)
Ah, an invisible Sheathbill! 😄
@SarahBlue Yes please, we would love to know the location names 😃 Thanks in advance!
@DorosZoo Hey, They are quite distant indeed but looking at the date (top left corner) will help you. It's end of April so no chicks are expected to be seen. Check out the FAQs for breeding cycles and more tips how to tell what you see.
I think it's easier to go around than across the rock in the center which would make such a circle around. Even when no one actually goes in circles.
This one makes me feel dizzy.
What a cool snapshot! 😃
Yay, by the statistics we're on 90 % with the classification! 😃
@gardenmaeve Haha, not from my window but there is one beak in the kitchen, singing like a canary. Well, it is a canary! 😉 Oh, and it's started snowing heavily this morning.
Yeah, I missed those challenges! This is what the weather is like here at this moment 😃