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Burnie’s Little Penguin colony experiences a baby boom late in the season | The Advocate



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Burnie Little Penguin colony has experienced an ‘exceptional’ year with a blooming of baby penguins after chicks had gone off to sea and adults are moulting. With 14 years involvement with the Friends of Burnie Penguins, chairperson Evelyn Devito said she had never seen this number of chicks so late into the season. “Over the last three to four years we’ve noticed changes in the colony but this year was much more marked,” Ms Devito said. She said she could only guess why there were so many chicks in the second batch this year, compared with the normal few. “Penguins are opportunist animals, we can only surmise that there must be plenty of food out in Bass Strait as a new crop of babies has appeared,” she said. On…

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