Northern Rockhopper Penguin – 4th Falklands record

At 2pm this afternoon I found out that a Northern Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome moseleyi had been seen in one of Southern Rockhopper Penguin colonies out at Berkeley Sound on Sunday. At 5pm Mick Reeves, Saphena Berntsen, Mike Morrison and myself were on our way out there on a launch. After we were securely anchored, we went ashore in a small inflatable which turned out to be a very wet experience, with all of us getting soaked. It was only a short hike up the hill to where the bird had been seen, the first bird we saw was the Northern Rockhopper Penguin.

Northern Rockhopper Penguin (Far right) with two Southern Rockhopper Penguins



Northern Rockhopper Penguin has been recorded in the Falkland Islands on three other occasions, 1 bird was seen by Mike & Sue Morrison at Seal Bay in November & December 1995 which returned again in December 1996 and by Rafael Matias on New Island in November 2004 & Mark Pearman on Kidney Island in December 2004.


Other birds seen on the trip included Common Diving Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Southern Fulmar, Cape Petrel, Black Browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Petrel, Brown Hooded Gull, South American Tern, Gentoo Penguin, Magellanic Penguin Rock Shag & King Cormorant