The Penguin did not visit Robertson.
My brother Brendan caught it accidentally while fishing at Green Cape. Can one get two birds more different?
Yes, but I don't have any current Emu photos.
How often can I publish a fit and healthy Little Penguin? Surely I can be excused for posting a Penguin image?
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But firstly here is my best Swift image from today; and several of the weather conditions and why the Swifts were circling my house.
They circled around, as they drifted slowly northwards, between 6:30 and 6:45 pm, in the late afternoon light. I estimate that I saw 100 birds in those 15 minutes.
White-throated Needletail circling quite low (Click to enlarge)
A huge swarm of flying insects is clearly visible.
Click to enlarge to see them, (look in the yellow ring).
|Flying insects visible in this image (click to enlarge).|
My brother Brendan went fishing at Green Cape last week. He sent me this image today.
|Little Penguin - and a healthy looking one at that.|
They were fishing from the rocks into deep water. Green Cape is the boundary of Bass Strait, so there is serious water out there. But he was not expecting to land a Penguin on a line.
The bird got tangled around the legs on the nylon trace line they were using. It was not "hooked" at any stage. He quickly untangled the bird and released it again ASAP. No damage done to either party, and a real surprise (to all).
Contrast the magnificently streamlined wings of the Needletail, and the wing size compared to the body, with the chunky body of the Penguin and its short but powerful flippers. Penguins use their flippers to "fly though the water".