That penguin colony must pong something terrible
How do you sex the pups, Tom? Is it just a quick visual thing.
Must be a bit challenging if you've got plenty of one sex and have to go around looking under bums etc to find the outstanding ones
Good question Frankmac; you pull the rear flilpers apart and if it is black inside it is male, and pink female.
Normally you will have close to the end of the day 50 male already and 40 female. Then it takes a long time to find them female. Yesterday we were lucky, more female in the beginning and to end off we were only 2 males short which we eventuly got at the other side of the boulders closer to the penguin collony.
I have a very sensitive nose (medical nose - which medical people will relate) but I think because I have such a love affair with the islands certain smells related to birds and seals does not stink anymore. Only the vomit of seabirds on nests. When you need to handle them, 1 out of 3 will vomit and it is a defence mechanism as the comit makes the predators feathers loosing waterproof abity. They cannot just grow new feathers and need to wait for the milt season to recover, so that is why the predator birds like skuas and giant petrel will not take an albatross from a nest. That vomit is revolting and even makes me gag.
But yes penguin poo stinks 😂😃☺
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