First penguin of the day for this great JAnuary 20th: Penguin Awareness Day
The Little Penguin!
Also known as the Little Blue and the Fairy Penguin. It stands only 33cm tall and weighs just over 1kg. on average.
The feathers on its back are a lustrous dark blue.
The Little Penguin is found on the southern coastlines of Australia and New Zealand with a massive colony on Philip Island. They spend most of their time swimming and looking for fish like pilchards, small squid and red cod. These hungry active little penguins eat 25% of their bodyweight each day!
The Little Penguin is suffering as development and tourism threaten their breeding grounds and over fishing and pollution impacts their feeding ground.
On this auspicious day give a thought to our Antipodal friends, the Little Penguin.
Man these holidays have been packed with so many family events, visiting Philip Island, being horribly sick, a lot of youtube and playing a ton of Stardew Valley. Now comes the time for making a game! I learned heaps from the end of year project and now ready to put it all into practice with my game I have dubbed ‘Kickstarter’! No it’s not going to be a ‘kickstarter’ title on steam or anything but you will be start kicking a lot in this game… it’s a crap pun but I like it :)
On this day, 3rd July 1767, Pitcairn Island was sighted by the crew of the British sloop HMS Swallow, commanded by Captain Philip Carteret. The island was named after Midshipman Robert Pitcairn, a fifteen-year-old crew member who was the first to sight the island.
The Pitcairn Islands, form a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean that form the last British Overseas Territory in the Pacific. The four islands – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – are spread over several hundred miles of ocean and have a total land area of about 47 square kilometres. Only Pitcairn, the second-largest island that measures about 3.6 kilometres from east to west, is inhabited.
Pitcairn is inhabited mostly by descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians (or Polynesians) who accompanied them. This history is still apparent in the surnames of many of the islanders. With only about 56 inhabitants, originating from four main families, Pitcairn is the least populous national jurisdiction in the world. (Wikipedia)
The earliest known settlers of the Pitcairn Islands were Polynesians who appear to have lived on Pitcairn and Henderson, as well as nearby Mangareva Island 400 kilometres (250 mi) to the northwest, for several centuries. They traded goods and formed social ties among the three islands despite the long canoe voyages between them, helping the small populations on each island survive despite having limited resources. Eventually, important natural resources were exhausted, inter-island trade broke down and a period of civil war began on Mangareva, causing the small human populations on Henderson and Pitcairn to be cut off and eventually become extinct.
Although archaeologists believe that Polynesians were living on Pitcairn as late as the 15th century, the islands were uninhabited when they were rediscovered by Europeans
Illustrations from the State Library of New South Wales
Drawings of Pitcairn Island, 1848 / Conway Shipley