Posted on 05/09/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Spring has Sprung on Phillip Island
As the days get longer and there is a hint of warmth in the air, our thoughts turn to spring and another season full of promise for our wonderful wildlife and not-so-wild life!
The little penguins at the Penguin Parade are getting right into the swing of things! For those penguins still looking for love, the males have renovated their burrows in an effort to attract the attention of the opposite sex. Nature Parks’ researchers have reported that many burrows have two very podgy penguins inside, and they have even started seeing some very chubby and fluffy chicks already. They don’t stay fluffy for long though, as chicks usually only take between 8 and 11 weeks to fledge and find their own way in the world.
There can’t be anything much cuter than a koala joey, and Ella the koala is proudly showing off her little bub, who is becoming more and more confident clinging on to Mum as she navigates her way through the trees and along the new koala walkways at the Koala Reserve. Rangers estimate that this gorgeous little addition to the koala family is about eight months old, and it’s the first joey that’s been born at the Koala Reserve in a few years.
Churchill Island is already welcoming the first of its spring arrivals to the farm with some of the cutest little baby lambs you’ve ever seen, frolicking in the fields. It won’t be too long until we see some brand new highland calves, and of course the ducks, geese and chickens don’t want to miss out either, so they may well make their own contribution to the farm’s animal population in the near future as well.
Hooded Plover chicks are starting to appear on our beaches. They are incredibly vulnerable to accidental trampling by beachgoers and dogs as they lay their eggs in little scrapes somewhere between the high tide mark up into the sand dunes. As soon as the eggs hatch the chicks must search for their own food, hide from predators and shelter from extreme weather along the beach. You can help ensure resident threatened nesting shorebird species are safe by keeping your dog on a lead on our beaches and following beach regulations.
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
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