The Little Penguins at Penneshaw are moulting and will soon be heading out to sea to fatten up. The penguins need about a month eating full time at sea to make up for the energy they have lost during breeding and chick rearing. Soon there won’t be many penguins to see in the burrows around the Penguin Centre (February is a very lean month for penguin viewing).
Most chicks are already out feeding and growing up. It has been a very good year for chicks at Penneshaw which should produce a record total (in recent times) of 28 chicks.
One chick near the Penguin Centre lost its father (maybe to a snake) but its mother is bringing the chick up on her own.