Thursday, January 5, 2012
Phillip Island Penguin Parade: a dusk event
The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions, with more than 500,000 people visiting every year. This natural event adds more than $100 million to the state's economy, every year.
During January the penguins are especially popular. There is nothing that matches the sight of penguins tumbling out of the waves at dusk, waddling up the beach to their burrows in the sand dunes -- where hungry chicks await their parent's return.
Dressed in their smart black and white dinner suits, little penguins are a delight to everyone who witnesses this natural event.
The photos show the beach where the penguins come ashore and the coastal vegetation where they dig their burrows and raise their chicks.