Little penguin Eudyptula minor at Middle Island, Western Victoria : current status

Overeem, Rebecca L. and Wallis, Robert 2003, Little penguin Eudyptula minor at Middle Island, Western Victoria : current status, Victorian naturalist, vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 76-83.

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Title Little penguin Eudyptula minor at Middle Island, Western Victoria : current status
Author(s) Overeem, Rebecca L.
Wallis, Robert
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 120
Issue number 3
Start page 76
End page 83
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary We examined the status of the Little Penguin Eudyptula minor at Middle Island on the west coast of Victoria during the species' 1999/2000 breeding season. The vegetated upper surface of the island had 292 occupied burrows at a density of 0.02/m2. Peak dusk arrival occurred in January with 502 penguins coming ashore during a one-hour period. Little Penguins at Middle Island displayed important differences in breeding ecology from penguins in other Australian colonies. Early breeding combined with heavier adult and chick weights resulted in high breeding success. However, as Middle Island is a popular destination for day visitors, during the 1999/2000 Little Penguin breeding season, tourism ·was found to cause detrimental effects, including deaths of some eggs and chicks. There are also concerns for the conservation of the Little Penguin colony as faxes or dogs may readily access the island.
Language eng
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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