With tiring out the children (my three + two additional nieces) one of the primary goals of each day while school is out, yesterday we set off to explore one of the bays in Innes National Park.
We uncovered many beautiful shells, but the highlight was this charming piece of debris, the ‘wing’ of a fairy penguin (Eudyptula minor). A bit of internet research gave me some facts.
- are the smallest species of penguin;
- are the the only species of penguin to breed in Australia;
- make nests in burrows along the southern coast and islands of Australia and New Zealand;
- eat small fish such as anchovies, squid, plankton, krill, small octopi and pilchards as well as crab larvae, sea horses and crustaceans;
- are predated at sea by sharks, seals and killer whales.
I guess the wings don’t taste so good.