Cape Royds Nest Check 2013-14
Cape Royds is a small colony of about 2100 nests. It has declined in size since 2000, when there were 4000 nests. The decline was due to a large iceberg that grounded about 60 km (40 miles) north and caused McMurdo Sound to be completely ice covered. This made it difficult for Royds penguins, who had to walk much longer distances than they like. Therefore, many penguins left Royds to find nests in colonies closer to open water. In 2007 water was much closer, only a few kilometers away, penguins started to return to Cape Royds. In 2008, the open water was again about 75 km away and the penguins had to walk further to get here, many decided not to, and there were fewer nests. About half of the nests that were started were lost as the brooding parent could not wait for the foraging parent to return. Hunger forced them to abandon the eggs.
The open water was about a 2km from the colony at the start of the 2009 season and made it much easier for the penguins to reach the colony, but for some reason egg laying was delayed by several days. This also delayed hatching and meant that many chicks would not be ready when the winter conditions closed in. In the 2011 season we had the biggest chicks we have ever seen. The ocean was close and the food plentiful. Every season presents new mysteries to solve, join us as the 2013-14 season unfolds.
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|Picture of the Day. If you would like to see all the pictures from this year go HERE.|
|Dec 5, 2013|
Young Bird. We are seeing events like this in the colony this season. A pair has created a good nest, laid two eggs then seems to abandon them. We do not know if the bird in the picture is the parent of these eggs, but probably. For some reason the bird is not tending the eggs, perhaps they are too young and lack the maturity to be successful parents. In Antarctica it takes only a few minutes for the eggs to freeze. This nest is lost.
|Daily pictures of each nest . To see all the past pictures click on the nest #|
Nest #1 Deandre is on the nest, 2 eggs
|Nest #2 JJ is on the nest, 2 eggs|
|Nest #3 Aische is on the nest, 2 eggs.|
|Nest #4 Snowy is on the nest, 2 eggs.|
|Nest #5 Male is on the nest, 2 eggs|
|Nest #6 Squirt is on the nest, 2 eggs|
|Nest #7 Mia is on the nest, 2 eggs|
|Nest #8 Mordovia is on the nest, 2 eggs.|
|Nest #9 Opal is on the nest, 2 eggs|
|Nest #10 Madison, 2 eggs|