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Penguin Island - Rocky Finds Love at Last


Documentary about the penguins who live on Phillip Island. Unlucky-in-love Rocky finally finds a mate in Jess, whose previous clutch of chicks has died. However, it is very late in the season to be raising chicks before the little penguins' annual moult prevents them going to sea. In the burrow next door, Spike and Tash’s chicks already are preparing to head off on their own. Jess endures a parasite infestation as she waits patiently with her newborn chicks, desperate for Rocky to return to feed them. Wildlife carer Marg Healy gets her most difficult patient yet when a juvenile Australasian gannet is found on the beach and proves more interested in biting her than in eating the fish that will keep him alive. Biologist Andre Chiaradia reveals just what little penguins get up to underwater by attaching a tiny computerised logging device to an unwitting penguin researcher, which will record depth, speed, temperature and even the penguin's angle of dive. When moulting season arrives, the little penguins begin to shed their feathers. Hungry and grumpy, they must wait on shore until their new feathers grow so they are waterproof, weatherproof and able to return to the sea to fish. Narrated by Rolf Harris.

Broadcasts

  • 2010-08-11 19:30:00 - 2010-08-11 19:57:00 on BBC One West, BBC One Wales, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One South East, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One London, BBC One South, BBC One South West,
  • 2010-08-16 19:30:00 - 2010-08-16 20:00:00 on BBC One Scotland,
  • 2010-09-28 02:30:00 - 2010-09-28 03:00:00 on BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Scotland, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One South East, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One London, BBC One South, BBC One South West, BBC One West, BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Narrator Rolf Harris
  • Director Simon Target
  • Producer Sally Ingleton
  • Narrator Rolf Harris
  • Director Simon Target
  • Producer Sally Ingleton