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September 1, 2011

Pierre and Homey are back on exhibit

We are happy to announce that Pierre and Homey are back on exhibit with the rest of the colony.  The results from Homey’s procedure were better than expected and the two have reestablished themselves in their old territory without any problems.

Homey and Pierre back on their front porch again

Homey and Pierre back on their front porch again.

Many of you may have noticed feathers all over the exhibit (those of us who clean up in there certainly have!).  Jahleel (white-banded female), Agulhas (green-banded male), and Adasha (beige-banded female) are all undergoing their yearly molt and have their bands removed. Look forward to some awesome feather-dos followed by brand-new, sleek plumage from these three over the next couple of weeks…

Jahleel about half-way through her molt

Jahleel about half-way through her molt.

Happy September from all of the penguins here at the Academy!


Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 5:59 pm

7 Comments

  1. Hello, found the webcam app a couple months ago and it’s now a daily app I keep on to watch your funny and playful penguins. Just ordered the “Pierre the Penguin” book too and anxiously awaiting for arrival. Keep up the great work with those waddling birds. :)

    Comment by Tam — September 4, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  2. Hi again! I am a little bit freaked out today as I just logged in and saw a penguin walking around with what looked like a totally pink behind showing.
    I thought I heard that when these birds molt the new feathers sort of push out the old. I therefore also thought that pink is not a color we would normally see on them (except around their eyes). I don’t remember seeing any other pink areas when the birds have been molting but it’s hard to see clearly with the low level of pixilation on the webcams so maybe I just missed it.
    Is a pink behind normal? Is the bird with the pink behind having a problem with his molt and, if so, will he be wearing a wet suit anytime soon? I think a couple of days ago I heard that Pierre was starting his molt cycle and I am hoping it is not his cute little pink behind that I saw.
    Or am I just being a nervous new “Penguin Auntie” from afar and everything’s fine and normal? I sure hope so. . .

    Comment by Karen — September 28, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

  3. Hi Karen, the bird you saw molting is actually Pierre’s mate Homey and she’s doing just fine. What you saw was probably an artifact of the webcams; last Wednesday her behind was starting to fill in with new feathers and was not pink. However, for whatever reason, Homey does tend to molt differently than the rest of the penguins so it’s not surprising that you were concerned. I call her “the vulture” because of her different and signature appearance throughout molting. I’ll try to take a picture of her today and post it on the blog so you can get a better idea of what she actually looks like.

    Pierre is the final bird to molt for the year and has been exhibiting an increased appetite and weight gain. I expect him to start molting within the nest week…stay tuned!

    Comment by Penguins — October 2, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  4. Lolz theese penguinz is so cute!!! =D I love watching them it really entertains me when i get bored… Tell da penguins i said “Heeeyyy!!!!”

    Comment by B. B. Swagga — October 26, 2011 @ 7:55 am

  5. Yaaaayyyy!!!!!

    Comment by Penguins — October 26, 2011 @ 8:17 am

  6. Love your site, just one question, why is the underwater cam at such a tilted, funny angle, it give me a crick in my neck trying to see the ground level!???

    Thanks and keep up the good work, watching the pengies is good for my blood pressure!

    Comment by Marty — November 2, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  7. Yay, thanks Marty and we’re glad about your blood pressure :D We can try to adjust the underwater camera next time we dive…stay tuned!

    Comment by Penguins — November 13, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

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