The heroic Rockhopper penguins leave their colonies each day to descend cliffs and plunge into the sea. Braving sea lions and orcas, they hunt for much of the day before navigating back to their island and leaping from the surf to the ledges. Then begins the climb up ancient and sometimes difficult paths to return to their chicks, who wait for their meals to be delivered. Predators including Skuas, Giant Petrels, and vultures surround the colonies. Imperial Cormorants nest among the penguins, and Black-browed Albatrosses nest nearby. These birds were on Saunders Island in the western Falkland Islands, about 400 miles east of Patagonia.
Filmed and edited by Matthew Scott.