Little Penguin Nests being vandalised in Manly

Subject: Little Penguin Nests being vandalised in Manly
From: "inger vandyke" <>
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 07:21:29 +0000

Hello Andrew et al

You are right that the DEC has translocated Little Penguins from Lion Island to the Manly colony.  There have also been a couple of well publicised translocations of captive bred Little Penguins from Taronga to Manly.  Both are done with the best of intentions to keep the population at Manly healthy and sustainable.  It's not an entirely stupid idea.  The Manly penguins regularly forage all along the North Shore and also at Bondi etc.  I've seen them as far north as Palm Beach when I've been surfing.

Rock Warblers into the CBD?  I wonder what the council would do with them using the overhangs of some of the Macquarie Street sandstone buildings to nest?



From:  Andrew Taylor <>
Subject:  Re: [Birding-Aus] Little Penguin Nests being vandalised in Manly
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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