This Fairy Penguin (Eudyptula minor) was in the Sanctuary on Granite Island, Victor Harbor, South Australia.
The Sanctuary is a safe place for ill, injured and lost penguins. They rest, recover and are then released back to the wild.
The Fairy Penguin is the smallest species of penguin (and the only one to breed) in Australia.

I am very excited to announce that this photo won the People’s Choice Award in the Hello Fleurieu 2012 Calendar competition. I won $300 and the photo will be published in the calendar!

camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1

Featured in The Birds September 2010
Featured in Amazing Wildlife July 2011
Featured in Australian Women Photographers August 2011


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I love being a tourist in my own country; the unique flora and fauna, the wonderful people, the striking vivid colours. Photography has opened up my country to me. I try to get out into it & photograph it as often as I can. Access to the great Australian outback is within easy reach of everyone! I hope you take the time to view some of my photos & I hope that they inspire you to go for a drive on the weekend and see what you can see.

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  • Partyof5ive
    Partyof5ivealmost 4 years ago

    Perfect capture! How adorable! :)))

  • thankyou very much! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Dennis Stewart
  • thanks Nature’s Realm! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Steve Hildebrandt
    Steve Hildebrandtalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot, Paula!

  • thanks Steve!! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    September 26, 2010

  • thanks so much Teresa! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant work.

  • thankyou very much Andrea! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • elsha
    elshaalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature, and congratulations also on not bending to idiocy and calling this gorgeous Fairy Penguin a little penguin. :)

  • thanks Elsha! Love your comment – these guys always have been and always will be (for me anyway) Fairy Penguins….! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Featured July 05 2011. Great image!!!!!!

  • thankyou very much Sue! I’m honoured! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithabout 3 years ago

    Great photo of my all time favourite bird Paula… I love penguins and being an Aussie the fairy penguins are my fave ! Wonderful shot, crisp and sharp… cute little fella ! :)

  • he is a cute little fella! I love penguins too, and I love that they have a safe resting place on the island. They come in, rest and recover, and leave again. Gotta love the penguins! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonalmost 3 years ago

  • thankyou very much Melissa! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Digidi
    Digidialmost 3 years ago

    congrats my friend on your feature

  • Thanks Di! I saw this little guy last weekend, his name is Billy :)

    – Paula McManus

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