From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:32:32 +1100
Ken Simpson tells me that a juvenile Rockhopper Penguin was photographed alongside the Channel Highway near Gordon south of Snug, Tasmania yesterday (17 December) at 04.45 in the early morning gloom. After work the observer attempted to return but was interrupted by a thunderstorm. It was standing under pine trees. It is likely that the bird, which was very plump, is looking for a safe place to moult. Better photos are desired to confirm which form of Rockhopper and it would be nice to monitor its progress. Ken tells me that this is the 8th penguin reported on Australian shores this year. Unfortunately, a potentially twitchable Rockhopper on the breakwater at Portland, Victoria in early December was quickly collected and is now in the care of a Warrnambool vet. The next six weeks are the best time to be looking for moulting penguins.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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