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    A preliminary survey on breeding population of Adélie penguins at Cape Hallett in the Ross Sea region, Antarctica

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    J.-H. Kim, H. Chung, W.Y. Lee, J.-W. Jung, M.C. Park, H.C. Shin and J.H. Kim
    Submitted By:
    Dr Seok-Gwan Choi (Korea, Republic of)
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    Dr Seok-Gwan Choi (Korea, Republic of)

    To develop a long-term ecological research program at a breeding site of Adélie penguins, located in the Northern Victoria Land Coast, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) carried out a preliminary survey on the population size and foraging trips of penguins at Cape Hallett. All sub-colonies were mapped using a portable DGPS and the data were complemented by comparing them with aerial images using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Cape Hallett colony was composed of approximately 700 sub-colonies occupied by 53,450 pairs of Adélie penguins in 2016. The foraging area of the Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adelie) determined from our loggers was 218.8 ± 366.8 km2 (mean ± SD).