A second visit to the rockhopper penguin and king cormorants colony on Bleaker Island

24/10/2006

I spend my last day tour on Bleaker Island visiting once again the beautiful rockhopper and king cormorants colony, that is within a short walking distance from the cottage.

Rock cormorants, Falkland islands
Photos of rock cormorants, nesting on the walls of impressive cliffs.

 

Rockhopper penguins, Bleaker island
Rockhopper penguins, Bleaker island
Rockhopper penguins, Bleaker island
Rockhopper penguins, Bleaker island Pictures of the rockhopper colony, often living together with king cormorants.

 

King cormorants, Bleaker island
King cormorants, Falkland islands King cormorants and rockhopper penguins living all together.

 

 

Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands

 

Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
Sleeping penguins.

 

Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands
The penguins jump from stone to stone, finally reaching their colony or the ocean.

 

Penguins making voice calls.

 

In order to avoid to descent down to the ocean each time, the penguins drink from small water pools around the colony. However, only limited quantity of water is normally available, so the penguins often fight to get the rights to drink. Click the link below to see a video of a penguin drinking from a pool.
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Rockhopper penguin, Falkland islands

 

The day ends, discovering a couple with an egg. The rockhopper lays normally two eggs: the first is smaller than the second and in 90% of cases it is lost or abandoned. A surviving chick is normally produced only from the second egg.

 

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