October 22 (Happy Anniversary Don back home!)
Although I have already written about this field trip in the csbsjuaustralia.blogspot.com blog, I thought I could add a few more photos on our personal blog as it was a pretty interesting experience for me. Of course seeing the little penguin nesting under the steps was the highpoint, but I was also thrilled to see the seals and some of the other native bird life. The Australian Pelican is the largest in the world and so although we were ostensibly off to seal island to see the seals (and see them we did)
...it was the pelicans that were more fascinating. As you can see there are hundreds of them here on this island.
(Here an enlarged detail from the above photo.)
Here you can see some of them flying in for a landing.
On our walk back from the boat to Penguin Island we passed by multitudes of nesting seagulls. The baby seagulls were adorable.
Of course the parents weren't too happy about all these human beings walking so close to their young and their nests, so they raised a hue and cry as we walked by.
The eggs were a dark dull green as you can see and located more or less openly in the scrub near the beach.
This area was also full of skinks that lurked nearby to prey upon the eggs and helpless young birds.
The penguin center itself rehabilitates injured penguins and keeps the ones who could not successfully readapt to the wild.
We attended an informative session about the penguins and had the opportunity to see them fed.
Fairy penguins are the smallest of the penguins.
They are also sometimes called blue penguins because their coats have a bluish cast to them.
They fed the penguins and we also got a chance to see them swim around their pool.
They swim amazingly fast and it was quite difficult to catch them on film.
After the demonstration we headed out for a walk around the island. This is an injured seal that has a large wound on the back side. He stays by himself but seems to be surviving despite his horrible injury.
More seagull eggs we saw along the walk.
The tramp around the island was a bit challenging, but Mom made it with a little help from the students in the group. (We had to walk over some pretty rocky places. We did get to see various seabirds including these terns that were nesting on a platform.
At this point I think I will close. I'll include some plant pictures of our trip to Serpentine Falls in the next section of the blog.