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Tag: Gentoo penguins

  • Friday, June 29th 2018 - 05:51 UTC

    Falkland Islands Canadian tracking experience with Gentoo penguins

    One-third of the world’s Gentoo penguin population lives in the Falklands. They use winter to build up their energy reserves to rear chicks in summer

    Data sent from penguins to space and back to University of British Columbia could help researchers determine why the species’ breeding population fluctuates so dramatically. UBC researchers visited the South Atlantic in April to attach small transmitters to the backs of 66 Gentoo penguins from two colonies in the Falkland Islands

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    “World Penguin Day”: funny on land and graceful and rapid in the sea

    Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands is the world’s largest accessible king penguin colony with 1000 pairs of breeding penguins.Pic by Derek Pettersson

    April 25th is “World Penguin Day”, undoubtedly the world’s most popular bird – think of Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, Pingu just to name a few uses in popular culture. These charismatic flightless birds are funny to watch on land but are graceful and rapid in water. They occur only in the seas of the Southern hemisphere; there are seventeen species of penguin ranging from the Galapagos to Antarctica.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 21:27 UTC

    South Georgia gentoo penguins feed preferably on krill, shows 22 year BAS study

    The team, based at BAS, found that between 1989 and 2010 gentoo penguins ate approximately equal amounts of crustaceans, (mainly Antarctic krill) and fish. (Pic BAS)

    The longest and most comprehensive study to date of what penguins eat is published this month. The study, published in the journal Marine Biology, examines the diets of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) at Bird Island, South Georgia over a 22 year period and is part of a project investigating the Southern Ocean ecosystem and its response to change

  • Tuesday, November 1st 2016 - 14:21 UTC

    Gentoo penguins proving to be the sturdiest in Antarctica

    Chinstraps have been in steady decline while gentoos have undergone a series of population fluctuations…although their over trend is upwards

    A forty year study on a remote Antarctic island shows that while populations of two penguin species are declining, while a third is increasing. Analysis of census data from Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands reveals that, between 1978 and 2016, the number of chinstrap penguin pairs declined by nearly 70%.

  • Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

    Penguin Day, April 25; Falklands one of the great penguin capitals

    The majestic King penguins at Volunteer Point

    April 25 is one of two days dedicated to the adorable, waddling birds. April 25 is World Penguin Day while January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day.In addition to two penguin days, there are believed to be 17 penguin species, ranging from the Little Blue Penguin to the mighty Emperor Penguin. And several of these are threatened by climate change.

  • Friday, February 26th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

    Falklands' Gentoo penguins practice “kleptoparasitism”, shows study by South African scientist

    South African doctoral student Jonathan Handley (L) attaches a video camera to a Falklands gentoo, assisted by Alicky Davey, working with Falklands Conservation

    Penguins in addition to being stealthy swimmers and keen hunters, unique video footage has revealed a dark side: a video camera attached to the back of a gentoo penguin swimming off the Falkland Islands captures a violent underwater scuffle where penguins steal food right out of each other’s beaks.

  • Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 10:46 UTC

    Falkland Science Symposium celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

    Pan-American delegates to the Falklands Science Symposium enjoying the penguins at Volunteer Point (Pic SAERI)

    The world’s northernmost colony of king penguins has something to celebrate this week, as Tuesday marks Penguin Awareness Day and these well dressed seabirds play host to an international group of scientists gathered to discuss the Falkland Islands’ rich potential for new research.

  • Wednesday, March 21st 2012 - 21:29 UTC

    Falklands’ penguin population rising: Gentoo doubled and Rockhopper remains stable

    The Islands have the largest gentoo population in the world and second in Rockhopper penguins (Photo: S. Jaffray)

    According to the most recent count in the Falklands, the number of Gentoo penguin breeding pairs has doubled when compared with the number counted during the last census in 2005. Rockhopper penguin numbers are reported to be stable.