Sunday, January 27, 2008

More penguins with aberrant plumage

Here are some more penguin photos I promised in an earlier post. The first two were found on Torgersen Island in 1996 or so. The first is a very interesting pied chick.

This is what he looked like compared to normal colored penguins of the same age.

This is a very pale colored chick from the same year.

This is a melanistic King Penguin from St. Andrews Bay on South Georgia. The best part on this bird was the yellow tips to the feathers on the head an neck that made the bird look as if it had been pollinating flowers. They were more evident on this bird than the normal pigmented birds because of the black background.

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