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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 6:21 AM


Ahem. Now, I ask you, why would I be scared...would you?

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 6:27 AM

Oh, 4COL! After posting this, I went back to make sure the link was correct and I was even scardier! Am I just being too much of a scaredy cat?

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 8:48 AM

Maybe someday he will be elected President by his peers. Oh btw, I used to have a pair of Nunn- Bush shoes just like his.

Marynuala  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 994)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 12:01 PM

Bizarre is the word!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 6:42 PM

I don't see what is scary about the unique penguin.
I think he's rather cute, by being different.
I might not feel the same with an albino with pink eyes though.
That might be a bit freaky

M48ortal  (Level: 248.0 - Posts: 3733)
Fri, 12th Mar '10 9:17 PM

Do you have nightmares about Darth Penguin?

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Sat, 13th Mar '10 11:14 AM

Not as yet! I think the feet are particularly surreal. However, it is not so much the mutation factor of the penguin which I find frightening/scary/spooky as it is the turf. I thought "Chilly Willy" lived/survived in the cold weather with snow and ice, or is this only as National Geographic portrays the domain? Please educate me if you know something I don't and tell me why, the mix of creatures in the photo are in various stages of repose in what appears to be barren surroundings?

In the book,"March of the Penguin", it is written - "Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice to begin their long journey into a region so bleak, so extreme, it supports no other wildlife at this time."

Okay, I'll go along with that, but the birds are not the only creatures in the photograph. Again, I found the whole scenario frightening/scary/spooky. Am I the only one who thinks this or perhaps this was yet another class in which I dozed and missed something.

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 13th Mar '10 9:03 PM

Summertime, simple explanation...
this is not an Emperor Penguin, the largest penguin, but a King Penguin, the next largest.
This particular one was photographed according to reports, on Fortuna Bay, a sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, about 860 miles off the Falklands. The wiki says about King Penguins that they "breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica, as well as Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. The total population is estimated to be 2.23 million pairs and is increasing." So there are a lot of them to look at, and just one melanistic penguin seen. Very neat looking indeed.

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 13th Mar '10 10:55 PM

A bit more info, a little research turned up another melanistic penguin and one that was "leucistic" or lighter than normal (NOT albino which is all pigment missing). See for the pictures.
My favorite beast was an Eastern Green Frog I found that was light blue! What a strange thing...and it was deaf also, you could walk right up behind it. But because it lived on a grey clay pond, we saw it for several years. Not that uncommon actually.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 15th Mar '10 4:00 AM

Now those are the words of a true and knowledgeable bird watcher...thank you for the education.

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