So, I’m having a miserable time trying to find information on what I want it on. I’ve been searching high and low for relevant data but as of yet no luck, this is really turning out to be harder than I imagined.
I have found a paper titled ‘Use of at-seadistribution data to derive potential foraging ranges of macaroni penguins during breeding season’ which is part of the Marine Ecology Progress Series. This talks about where they go to feed, how long for and colony sizes, this is a good basis for deciding on what I want in my final outcome. The paper itself is informative but extremely hard for the ‘general public’ including myself to understand fully, it’s full of different data which has shown me as to what information I could perhaps come across.
The example below is a chart taken from the paper showing area and population.
Below is a map of the study area (South Georgia) depicting where major macaroni penguin breeding concentrations are located using the labels from the table.
This paper is full of all sorts of charts and graphs each suited for that particular data set. It’s interesting to see how many different examples are used throughout the paper.
Distance they travel to feed
The depth in which the dive
I need to begin focusing on the types that I am most interested in looking further into such as, the Emperor, King, Adelie.
Anyhow, I’ve been looking at penguin research centres around the world (particularly Antarctica as this is where my favourite penguins are) to look for interesting information and I’ve seen a few bits I like but I need to go back and take a closer look, also I’ve given into the idea that I am not going to find what I want which has lead to me to emailing a number of penguin/aquatic/zoology professors, centres and specialists, now here’s to hoping that I get a reply to my plea, I did pretend that I was a bit posh and could speak real english and not northern slang…. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!! In the mean time I’m going to watch David Attenborough’s ‘The Bachelor King’, it’s the best documentary film of all time… Penguins and Sir David at the same time, this time though it’s not for pleasure, it’s for research!!