The 20th January Penguin Awareness Day is the time to bring your attention to the Erect-Crested Penguin.
This distinct looking penguin has seen it’s range shrink considerably through the 20th Century and in to the 21st. They now occupy only a few small islands off the southern coast of New Zealand and are rarely spotted elsewhere. At one time their range included most of the coast of New Zealand as well as the more northern Antarctic shores. They are classed as endangered because of their rapidly declining population.
They spend most of the winter at sea feeding, rarely coming to land. During the breeding season they come to land and in pairs build small nests on the rocky sea shore. Unusually they typically lay two eggs, discarding or losing the first egg very quickly before incubating and hatching the second egg.
A very interesting and sadly not very understood species. But now you are aware of it.