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Beach with a story

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 12 October 2015 in Landscape & Rural.

This very unassuming beach is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Australia following the Great Barrier Reef. "Really?", I hear you say.

Yes, really. It is here that every evening at dusk the Fairy Penguins (Little Penguins) return from the sea to this narrow corner of this beach and waddle to their burrows. The spectacle draws more, and more visitors. Happily this area is very well controlled and visitors can enjoy the spectacle without interrupting their passage or damaging their habitat.

Fairy Penguin populations are under threat from human population. Here they are well protected from both human and foxes. It is estimated that there are now less that 1 million remaining in Australian territories.
Read more about the penguins here
Read more about the conservation of penguins here

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 67 mm

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Devi from Chennai, India

wow !! Would love to see these Fairy Penguins :)))))

12 Oct 2015 11:16am

@Devi: They are very sweet. Particularly when you see them surf in on a wave a waddle up the sand.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Very nice photo!

12 Oct 2015 1:34pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thanks

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Thanks so much for the story

12 Oct 2015 4:25pm

@Robert D. Burr: My pleasure Raymond. Thanks for visiting again!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

It sounds like a magical spot. Lovely natural curves in this image

12 Oct 2015 4:42pm

@Ruthiebear: It is a very special little area of the world. An amazing amount of very special wildlife lives here. Birds like Cape Barren geese, Shearwaters and black swans to name but a few, as well as, Paddy Melons (small dark wallabies).

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Thanks for the story Helen. Whats with what looks like stone walls?

13 Oct 2015 12:35am

@Philnz: It is the seating for the people. They have big overhead lights and restrain the crowd behind the boundary. People used to walk around and cave in the nests. The rookery is in the sand dunes and does not tolerate people stomping around the area. It is also broken ankle territory.

L'Angevine from Angers, France


13 Oct 2015 7:33am