Birding is also possible even when doing touristy activities! 😛 But to beat the human traffic, we took the earliest ferry to Penguin Island…and sure enough, birds were roosting along the coastal shoreline, nicely laid with strandlines of pebbles! 😛
It was a delight just to see Crested Terns (Thalasseus bergii) and Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris) stamped on the sandy beach, Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) flew in close proximity to find a good landing spot on the beach, and flocks of Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) nicely distributed on the Northern cliff of the island. And of course Silver Gulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) who love sun-sparkled beaches were seen everywhere, I am very sure their numbers outnumbered the people on the island!!
Coming from a concrete jungle, wildlife is sparce if any!! As our boat cruised towards the Seal Island, we had excellent views of a group of Pied Cormorants, also known as the Pied Shag, basking under the hot sun! Ospreys and Whistling kite were also seen flying from cliff to cliff! It was a cool boat ride and while we savoured fish and chips at the pier, a Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) came close to check us out! 🙂
And oh…we did not get to see any wild Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) at Penguin Island, they probably went out fishing…but its still cool to see a few at the feeding centre! 🙂 And here’s a picture of a seal..! hehe!