Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pelicans on the Penguin Island

Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus), my favorite birds, and they are the postmen in the birds' world - that's what I learnt from cartoons.

These are the ones that live on the Penguin Island. I visited the island last Saturday. It was opened to tourists again in September at the end of the little penguins' breeding season.

Note: The actual color of their beaks is not that intense - it must have been the "automatic levels" function in my XnView program that did it :) But the red beaks look so nice.


Mosura said...

Awesome birds - you're lucky seeing breeding colony.

roentarre said...

Not sure where you took these shots. Phillipe Island? Very nice in deed.

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Thanks, Roentarre.

Penguin Island is about 50 minutes' drive south of Perth, off the coast of Rockingham.

The authorities keep the island in really good conditions. They don't let you stay overnight on the island too. There are no shops on the island, only some environmentally-friendly waterless toilets, a penguin discovery centre, and a small research office , and the rest is just birds. There are more birds, especially silver gulls, than people on the island.