The Falkland Islands
Rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands often live in large colonies at the top of cliffs by the water. They reach the top by
hopping up what seems like impossibly steep cliffs.
The colony below on Pebble Island is exclusively Rock Hoppers. But, the Rock Hoppers often live in colonies with cormorants
Rockhopper Penguins are one of my favorite penguins (along with Emperors, King, Chin Straps, Adele penguins).
Rockhoppers make their nests out of mud and twigs and rocks. Stealing nesting materials from a neighbor is normal behaviour
in these colonies.
Rockhoppers are curious and quite tolerant of close human approaches. Jackie routinely had Rockhoppers come up to visit
with her as she sat on the edge of colonies.
Rockhopper colonies are noisy places. Mates sing to each other. Conflicts occur between neighbors.
Female Rockhoppers will lay two eggs though the smaller, first-laid egg is often lost during incubation and even if retained,
does not always hatch. Males and females take turns guarding and feeding the growing chick which fledges in March.
Rockhoppers come and go all day long on their way to the sea to feed on krill.
Rockhoppers hop up and down impossible cliffs.
On Pebble Island, the Rockhoppers stopped to play in a tide pool at the bottom of the cliff.
In addition to climbing the cliffs, the Rockhoppers must make surf landings on the rocks.