The royals are back!
The royal penguins (Eudyptes schlegeli) have recently returned to Macquarie Island after spending the winter months foraging at sea. Four penguin species can be found at Macquarie Island — royals, kings, gentoos and rockhoppers. Royal penguins are the only penguin species that is endemic to Macquarie Island — it is the only place in the world where they live and breed.
The males returned in late September to claim nest sites, followed by the females in early October. Egg laying is expected from mid to late October and chicks will start hatching in late November.
Andrea Turbett — Ranger In Charge