Monthly Archives: January 2014

More cameras – cool pictures.

8th January, 2014

Caitlin my MRes student, camera guru in training and all-round hard worker has joined us on the Ocean Diamond. For the last year, she’s been working on the images that these cameras generate, clicking on penguins and scoring sea-ice. It’s by no means her first work on penguins, but she’s never been to Antarctica, so it’s exciting to experience her first trip. While on board, her job will be to help reorientate cameras in light of her analyses, making sure that we get the best we can from these. Moreover, she’s got used to one very specific view of a lot of the colonies, so it’s a good chance to see what’s behind the camera. Before she joined, I’ve been going through the images we’ve collected since last season, which are proving excellent. The only bad news is that both of the cameras on Booth Island failed. One of these was a long-term success story, but so far all of the others have worked very well. Here’s a few:

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Chinstrap penguins arrive at Orne Harbour in November. They look like they regret it.

Chinstrap penguins arrive at Orne Harbour in November. They look like they regret it.

Emperor penguins at Gould Bay, Weddell Sea, showing chicks with less than a month to go before fledging.

Emperor penguins at Gould Bay, Weddell Sea, showing chicks with less than a month to go before fledging.

Gentoo penguins arrive at Danco Island, Errera Channel. Sea and brash ice is still visible in the background. Often gentoos will come and go throughout the winter.

Gentoo penguins arrive at Danco Island, Errera Channel. Sea and brash ice is still visible in the background. Often gentoos will come and go throughout the winter.

Also, here’s a video showing some of the set-up.
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