Egg laying is under way at Penguins Rock

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


Easter may be over and all the Easter eggs gone, but here at Penguins Rock the penguins eggs are very much still here.

We saw our first gentoo egg laid at the end of March by an established pair and all throughout April many more have been laid – giving us a total of 34.

Dawn Nicoll, Penguin Keeper at Edinburgh Zoo said:

“It’s not only nice to see older established pairs lay successfully, but this year we also have a brand new young pair join our nesting birds who are currently sitting on two eggs and doing brilliantly on a nest close to the pool.”

Gentoo nest with egg by Katie Paton

Gentoo nest with egg by Katie Paton

Watching the nest site, whether it be at the Zoo or on Penguin Cam, there are always things to see. You may observe some of the gentoo penguins carrying stones and placing them on the nest edges; This is not only part of the penguin’s courtship, but also creates a useful protection barrier for the eggs and future chicks. To intensify this, some birds can also be seen lying down and kicking out stones with their feet to create a crevice in the middle of the nest.

With April coming to a close, it won’t be long until Penguin’s Rock welcomes some chicks into the world. We expect the first chicks to arrive at the start of May.

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