Phillips Island and Fairy penguins

Blistering hot is the only way to describe the weather when temperatures reach 40 C so we decided it was a good day to leave the city and embark on a tour of Phillip Island. After a stop at Touridin and the  Maru animal sanctuary, we crossed the bridge onto the island.  Pictures describe it’s beauty best.

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Koala in Maru Sanctuary

 

A  swamp wallaby keeping an eye on me

A swamp wallaby keeping an eye on me

Koala’s sleep 22 hours a day. This guy was in the animal sanctuaryIMG_6030_pe.  The kangaroos are wild as are the wallabies.  The copper head snake was most certainly wild and one of the reasons you don’t just go tramping through the grass 🙂

 

 

 

 

The penguin parade happens just after dark. Fairy penguins by the hundreds emerge from the sea and make their way up the bank to their waiting babies.  The parents have been fishing all day and bring them back food.  It’s an amazing sight.  Sorry, no photos as photography is strictly forbidden.  I was hoping to be able to get some anyway as I don’t need a flash but they’ve even outlawed that as people can’t follow rules.  Despite being told repeatedly and signs everywhere, still there were people taking photos.  Several of us yelled at anyone who tried.  Hey the rules apply to EVERYone!  I would have loved to take photos but value the safety of the tiny birds more.

We joked that no one said you couldn’t take a bird home.  It would have been so easy.  I could have reached out and picked on u’p!

They’re adorable little birds at only 12″ – 16″ full grown and waddle up the hill with a mission.,

All in all it was a really great day and we got back to our hostel just after midnight, thoroughly exhausted 🙂

Some kind of Aussie goose.  Apparently his poop is the same colour as his beak :)

Some kind of Aussie goose. Apparently his poop is the same colour as his beak 🙂

The Nobbies, a hang out for seals, lots of birds and the fairy penguins

The Nobbies, a hang out for seals, lots of birds and the fairy penguins

Where is my mommy? I want dinner!

Where is my mommy? I want dinner!

Baby fairy penguin emerging from a burrow

Baby fairy penguin emerging from a burrow

Baby fairy penguin getting his feathers

Baby fairy penguin getting his feathers

Copper head snake.  Yes, he's very poisonous :)

Copper head snake. Yes, he’s very poisonous 🙂

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The surfer beach. Awesome 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Phillips Island and Fairy penguins

    • I’m glad to hear you’re sharing it with the girls. It’s an amazing trip and I’ve got SO many great photos it’s hard to choose what to post! It’s nice to show them that real people see these things. It’s not just in books 🙂

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