Little Penguin Nests being vandalised in Manly

Subject: Little Penguin Nests being vandalised in Manly
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 14:44:48 +1100
On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 01:21:05PM +1100, michael norris wrote:
> The article says "Anyone caught damaging eggs in a threatened
> population is facing a $220,000  fine."
> That's serious money!  What legislation has set that level of fines?

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974
You could also go to jail for 2 years - even possessing a native bird
feather in NSW could theoretically put you in jail for 6 months

I discovered from reading one of the articles on this sad incident that
DEC is translocating penuins to Manly from Pittwater - presumably Lion
Island in the mouth of Hawkesbury north of Sydney.

There is interesting piece of double-think here as one of the reasons
given for listing as the Manly penguins as a threatened population is
"disjunction from other populations" but a google turned up someone from
DEC saying the translocation is OK because the North Head penguins mix
with other penguins!

I really like having penguins in Sydney Harbour, but shifting them into
the heart of a huge city just doesn't seem sensible either from the
viewpoint of penguin conservation or the welfare of the individuals

Although as birdwatcher I guess I should be encourage DEC to go further.
Maybe translocating some Rock Warblers into the CBD - plenty of breeding
opportunities  or how about Lyrebirds into the Botanic Gardens - imagine
a male displaying on the steps of the Opera House!


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