BIRDS of prey are being bought in to tackle a pigeon problem which is keeping a visitor attraction’s most popular residents indoors.
The Deep aquarium in Hull has commissioned a local falconer to scare off pigeons, which have been roosting and making a mess on the attraction.
The attraction’s gentoo penguins have not been allowed out of their new enclosure onto an outdoor balcony because of fears they could pick up avian diseases from the pigeon droppings.
Chief executive Colin Brown said: “The penguins have this area outside where they can go, a little balcony, but the pigeons are nesting above them and they carry a lot of avian diseases, so we don’t feel we can let out the penguins in case they catch something from the pigeon droppings. “Equally we don’t want to kill the pigeons.”
He expects the problem to take some months to solve with the help of a five-year-old peregrine falcon and an 18-month-old Harris hawk.
He said: “A number of major events including Wimbledon have successfully scared the pigeons away using this method, so we thought it was worth a try.
“When the falcon and hawk are flown in a specific routine, it alters the pigeons’ roosting and nesting patterns.”
[via Yorkshire Post]
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Travelers on a National Geographic – Lindblad expedition to Antarctica came across a leucistic chinstrap penguin. Unusual light coloring sets this penguin apart from its black-and-white brethren. Often mistaken for albinos, leucistic birds have a genetic mutation that restricts the dissemination of pigment to feathers.
Source: National Geographic
April 25th marks the start of the Adelie penguins’ migration northward into the surrounding Antarctic seas. They will swim only about a few hundred miles (or 600km), where they’ll stay aloft among the icebergs, chowing down on the krill and other penguin-y favorites.
600 kilometers? That’s not too far to “migrate.” True. They don’t really go anywhere. Since April is part of the Antarctic “winter”, it gets darker down there and the Adelies find it very hard to see in the darker days so they’ll travel north where it’s a bit brighter to hunt for food and come back in the “spring.”
Hope today is a educational yet fun Penguin Day for you! If you have time, learn some more about penguins or maybe do something penguin-like whether it be checking them out at the zoo/aquarium or finding an activity that incorporates them in a fun way.
Happy World Penguin Day!
Bonus! Here’s a short educational video about Adelie penguins in general.
Happy Penguin Awareness Day! The time of year to think a little extra of the spheniscadae persuasion.
- Wear penguin-y colors. Maybe black pants with a white shirt?
- If you can, go see some penguins. This may be at the zoo, aquarium, or a local colony for you lucky fellows in Australia and South Africa.
- Watch a movie or video that is about penguins or just has a penguin in it.
- Go to the library and find some penguin related material to read whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
- Search the Internet for penguin information. A good place to start is Wikipedia or even Penguins!
- Play some penguin themed or oriented games whether they be Internet-based, board-games, or imaginary.
- Walk around all day like a penguin.
- Draw and color some penguins. Here’s a fairly easy tutorial on drawing one.
- Do some penguin-y activities. Waddle around, go tobogganing, etc.
- Support a conservation group such as SANCCOB or the Penguin Foundation. If you’re into wine, you can help by buying some wine made by the Little Penguin as proceeds from their sales are donated to the Penguin Foundation.
Feel free to drop a comment and tell us what you did on Penguin Awareness Day. We would love to hear about it!
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has had their first ever African (or Blackfooted) penguin hatch on January 8, 2011. Aw, that one’s a cutie. More details at the aquarium’s blog, Sea Notes. I really appreciate the extra information they give regarding the chick. Amazing stuff.
Update: A second african penguin was born on Tuesday, January 11th. Congratulations!