Little Blue Penquin Avon Heathcote Estuary

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Adam C
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Little Blue Penquin Avon Heathcote Estuary

Postby Adam C » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:36 pm

Probably allllllmost not worth posting but pretty unusual to see a Little Blue Penquin sliding along on its tummy at the outlet to McCormacks Bay in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary today. Anyone else in the area might want to keep an eye out for it. First one I've seen actually in the Estuary but it may be more common than I think? Cool to see anyway!

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Re: Little Blue Penquin Avon Heathcote Estuary

Postby Jan » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:54 am

It may be more usual than we think and one was rescued recently well up the Avon in the city, having become disoriented and thin. Is it connected to lower food supply out at sea?
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Re: Little Blue Penquin Avon Heathcote Estuary

Postby Adam C » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:02 am

Well if he travels to this spot and back to base (I presume around the peninsula) he'll be doing ok. That spot has a really high concentration of small Yellow Eyed Mullet so he/she might be smarter than we think. But yes I was thinking of the Avon bird too Jan :) I hope this is a case of a smart bird making use of a good food source and hopefully not part 1 of another Penquin going walkabout.
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