Monday, November 17, 2008

Penguin Cinematography

We have been deploying our camera logger on several penguins this week. The logger is is basically a tiny still camera that records what the penguins are doing under the ice. In particular, the camera logs what they are hunting and how successful they are.

We have been very pleased with the results, even though this is just a prototype model. However, since the camera takes a photo every four seconds, we are capturing the secret world of the emperor penguins, as well. Below is a sample of the photographs our penguin camera person has taken.

Emperors have very flexible necks and even though the small camera is on their back, they can stare at it. Here is a self-portrait of  our camera bird.


Our penguin took the other birds’ photo while swimming.


Penguins in the dive hole. Notice how the water beads on their feathers.


The penguin view of the observation tube.


Photo of Jessica taken by our penguin


And one of Cass