Sandwatchers in Western Australia visit Penguin Island
South Coogee Sandwatchers at Penguin Island, Western Australia
Penguin Island in Perth is Western Australia’s largest known breeding colony of the Little Penguin. Around 700 pairs breed on the island however they are very shy so the best way to see them is to visit the Penguin Discovery Centre where injured and older penguins are cared for.
Located in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park the island is also home to a range of birds including Bridled Terns, the fish hunting Osprey and a breeding colony of the majestic Pelican that can been seen soaring on the oceanic winds. The shallow warmer waters around Penguin Island support small bait fish that make up the penguins diet
South Coogee Primary School students visited the Penguin Discover Centre with Perth Natural Resources Management (NRM) and City of Cockburn staff who provided information on the islands flora and fauna and discussed with the students the importance of conserving our coastal environment to protect our unique wildlife. The students completed a walking tour of the island looking at the Silver Gull and Pelican breeding areas.
Then the students completed a beach clean up to remove any debris that may cause harm to the islands’ wildlife.
Craig Wilson, Coastal and Marine Program Manager.