AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
Happy 4th of July!
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  David Humphrey Sr, iWilliam Lowenkamp, iCheryl Wright, iAlan Cook, iGraham whittaker, iPeter Ralph, iBelle Ami, i

  Home > Travel > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Annette Gisby

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 36 Titles
· 105 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Before 2003

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Annette Gisby Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Annette Gisby, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.


Penguin Parade
by Annette Gisby   

Last edited: Thursday, April 11, 2002
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Annette Gisby

In Search of Hobbits
Ten Ways to Get Your Book Some Publicity
Book Review: Passage by Connie Willis
Book Review: Conduct Unbecoming
A Tale of Woe: A Fairy Story
London on a Shoestring
Killer Press Kits
           >> View all

Watch the penguins on Phillip Island, Australia.

Phillip Island is a small island and nature reserve off the coast of South Australia, about 140 km from Melbourne. On the island you can see koalas, kangaroos and the main attraction, the Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.

Every day at sunset, the Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins)
because of their diminitive size, return to the beach. As my husband
is a penguin fanatic, it was one of the places on our list to visit
during our trip there.

There is a visitor centre at the top of the beach with details of
all the world's penguins, there is a gift shop too and rangers who
can answer questions about everything you wanted to know about penguins
and more.

As dusk was approaching, we made our way down to the beach, as did
everyone else. On the beach was a stone grandstand, rather cold on
the behind, so bring a coat or blanket to sit on.

Some people had even brought along a picnic, a family day out. As
it got darker, people became more subuded and talked less, keeping
an eye out on the beach to see the arrival of that first penguin.

Suddenly there was movement at the edge of the surf and all heads
turned as one. There, standing by the edge of the water was the
smallest penguin we had ever seen. He looked left, then right, as
if he was contemplating crossing a busy road and then he ran quickly
across to the sand dunes and the penguin burrows.

He must have been the scout, because after him, there came groups
of penguins, some consisted of two or three penguins, some had about
ten or fifteen, but they all made that same mad dash across the sand
into the burrows, as if they couldn't get there fast enough.

The crowd of penguin watchers was quite, except for the occasional,
"ooh" and "ahhs" from adults as well as children. The groups started
to dwindle and finally no more penguins emerged from the sea.

We sat on the grandstand for a while, not talking, just feeling awed
at what we'd just seen. Neither of has had ever seen penguins in the
wild before, only in zoos and it was an amazing feeling.

You could see the penguins here every evening and morning, but they
weren't in cages or in small pools, the sea was their playground and
it is a sight we would definitely recommend to anyone.

There were two floodlights by the grandstand, which didn't seem to
bother the penguins, but you weren't allowed to take flash photographs
as it scared them. Of course, there were some people who didn't listed
to the ranger and they were told off and escorted off the beach, so
do listen to what they say.

After the penguins had gone to their burrows, you could walk along
boardwalks and see them there. They make a lot of noise for all the
size of them!

It wasn't available while we were there, but now there is the option
to have breakfast at sunrise, just before the penguins make their
way back to the sea. That's got to be worth a look.

So if you are venturing down under, make a small detour to Phillip
Island and Summerland Beach. You won't regret it.

Web Site: Silent Screams


Reader Reviews for "Penguin Parade"


Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Carolyn HowardJohnson
This is better that the travel articles I read in most the travel sections of most major dailies. AND, I love penguins, too! I saw a few when I visited the Galapagos. That's about as far north as one can find them.
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
http://www.tlt.com/authors/carolynhowardjohnson.htm
Popular Travel Articles
  1. The Best Way to See the Statue of Liberty!
  2. ATHENS ,Besides The Ruins
  3. Peculiarities of my country / Peculiaridad
  4. Travel Mercies
  5. ...This Special Place In The Sun
  6. I Love Selling Nova Scotia
  7. Hawaii Suffers the Mainland
  8. Goodnight In the Air etc

France: Art, Humour & Nature - photobook - Blurb.com by Albert Russo

France in all its guises and colors..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Maryland Lost and Found...Again by Eugene Meyer

Award-winning journalist Eugene L. Meyer directs a tour across the "Free State" that is part love letter, part oral history, part obituary. He explores what makes Maryland special,..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.