Several recent posts have been about birds that I saw on Penguin Island, but there’s plenty more wildlife to see there. It’s a great day out too. It’s just a 10 minute boat ride from the mainland or, if you like kayaking, you can kayak from the shore on a trip or in your own kayak. The boats don’t run during the winter because the island is closed during the penguins‘ breeding season.
This is the view from the top of the island looking back to the mainland. Plenty of people come over for a day on the beach with a picnic. It’s a good snorkelling spot too. Lots of visitors also go on the boat trip over to Seal Island or go dolphin watching.
The 2 pelican breeding sites are amazing to see. The chicks look even more clumsy than the parents, with wings and legs seeming to stick out at all angles. Each site looks very disorganised with chicks just lying scattered. They don’t appear to have nests. Maybe with a lack of predators and the warm temperatures they don’t need a nest.
Another common sight are the buff-banded rails. There are several on the island, but the ones near the visitor centre don’t have the level of shyness that you’d expect. They don’t come out at the height of picnic time, but when it’s a bit quieter they often come onto the lawn.
It’s well known for its King’s Skinks. If you try to have a picnic by the visitors centre they’ll come right up and hope for scraps.
These oyster catchers were having a good stretch while I watched.
Naturally there are plenty of gulls on the island. This little chick was feeling very shy. Patience paid off and it eventually came out of the bushes to join its mum.
There are lots of wierd rock formations over the island. A tern took advantage of this stack to make its nest.
I won’t subject you to any photos of me snorkelling, but there are snorkelling sites around and if you are lucky you might just be joined by one of the dolphins.