The breeding season is well underway, with Nature Parks research staff closely monitoring the breeding colonyUnfortunately, while conditions were looking great back in October, in November conditions for penguins took a turn with the adults having to make longer foraging trips at sea to fish, resulting in quite a few breeding failures. The good news is as we head into summer the conditions are improving and some of the adult breeding pairs who failed at breeding a few weeks ago, are now back and attempting to breed again. Shortly it will be time for the chicks to leave their burrows and enter the great big blue world of the ocean for the first time. These fledglings are only taught what to do once they're in the water and there is a natural high mortality in their first year of life. If you find a dead penguin on the beach, you can record the details here.