Wildlife in Autumn

See what is happening with our wildlife  in Autumn 

  • Fur Seal pups are venturing further out from the rockpools on Seal Rocks, some even coming up to boats for a better look of their visitors.




  • Common dolphins may be spotted feeding on bait fish off Cape Woolamai, attracting birds such as Crested terns, Australasian Gannets and Shy Albatross.



  •  Adult Short-tailed Shearwaters
    leave Phillip Island in early April and start their long journey to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska where they feed over the winter months.




  • Short-tailed Shearwaters
     chick stays in the burrow till late April surviving on its fat and oil reserves. During this time they also replace its down with adult feathers. It then begins its first migration, using strong westerly winds.


  • Shy Albatross chicks also fledge mostly in April. Immature birds can be seen off Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory as they forage for food.




  • penguins in nestPenguins moulting throughout the colony from late Feb through to early-mid April, so fat penguins coming ashore, and a bit of burrow activity as those that are moulting come out at night for some fresh air and company