australia flashback: melbourne skyline at sunset, and little penguin fledgling

here’s a picture of melbourne’s skyline, painted dark orange by the setting sun:

melbourne skyline at sunset

the photo was taken at st. kilda harbour, where a colony of little penguins (eudyptula minor) have made their home in the local breakwater. each summer night, parents return to the breakwater after an entire day of fishing, to feed their young.

the fledgling below – still in the middle of its first moult – was waiting for its parents to return when we visited the colony. it seemed particularly unimpressed by human spectators:

little blue penguin fledgling (eudyptula minor), in the middle of its first moult

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