Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Flinders and Phillip Island - Thursday, May 8, 2014

Oh, what a beautiful morning! The sun is shining, and the view is gorgeous! It looks so warm outside however, it is in the middle 40’s at this point.  By afternoon it will warm up to the 60’s.
Our Friends House in Flinders
View from Living Room


Yesterday morning we walked along the beach and local golf course that looks over the sea.  The serenity was wonderful.  In the afternoon, we drove to a Botanical Gardens which has only Australian native plants. The Gardens design was wonderful.
Flowers in the Garden

View of the Beach during our Walk
For it being wintertime, there are still many blooming flowers, and many different species of birds..
But the highlight of the day was seeing the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island! At late dusk, these ‘little penguins’, 12-13 inches tall, come in from the sea where they have been fishing all day.  It is a phenomenon of nature!  It is actually too dark to take photos, when all of a sudden they beginning popping out of the sea onto the beach, usually in clusters of 12-15.  From the beach they walk/crawl over rocks to the sandy dune above, where they have burrows.  They mate and lay eggs in the burrows, and stay there overnight until before dawn they are out in the ocean fishing again.  When they have young, they regurgitate the fish to feed them. The photo we will post is from a poster, as we were not allowed to take photos with a flash. If you want to see a video, go to You Tube – Phillip Island Penguin Parade.  There is a huge colony of penguins on Phillip Island – 32,000!  They were expecting 750 penguins to come on shore at our location last night.  During the day, this area is closed to the public, but those that are sitting on the nest, and have young, remain near the burrows all day. 
Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

HoneyEater Bird in the Eucalyptus Tree

Australian Country Side

Little Penguins coming ashore
 We are off for another day of adventure. 

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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