picture by Chris Charles
With their slate blue plumage, their little wings that have developed into flippers and their funny way of walking the Little Penguins have long been a novelty to humans. They are cute to see in the wild and they need our help.
My friend Michal Brenchley and myself have teamed up with ecologist Jacob Sife and some wonderful photographers to raise funds for the ongoing conservation effort of the colony at Manly by producing and selling a 2016 Penguin calendar. The calendar follows the year in the life of a penguin.
Recently in June 2015, 26 penguins from the Manly colony were killed and funds are needed to give continued protection. A fox believed responsible was eventually shot in the area and an autopsy is expected to prove or disprove its involvement.
The picture above is the one we used on the front cover of the calendar and it was taken by Chris Charles. After being stuck on land and unable to hunt during the moult, the hungry Little Penguins head out to sea in search of plentiful feeding grounds of small fish, squid or krill.
You can help the fundraising efforts by purchasing a Penguin Pack which includes a 2016 Penguin calendar, a Penguin back pack and a penguin badge from the Pipeline Calendar online store at www.pipelinecalendars.com.au