I was quite pleased to recently hear that there are resident Little Penguins under Manly Wharf in Sydney. They are very threatened, but a lot of volunteer time and authority resources have put in to protecting them. Let us hope the survivors of what once was a significant population can thrive.
Somewhat less liked in Sydney are ibis. At some point when we visit Sydney, we always end up getting a highly priced and poor meal at a cafe adjacent to the Alamein Fountain in Kings Cross. I have been to Sydney perhaps eight times, but it was only the last two visits when I saw ibis walking around outdoor dining tables searching scraps. One of the cafes near Alamein Fountain was the first place I noticed them, then later I think at Darling Harbour. I can cope with sparrows around when I am eating, but any other flapping creatures will have me stamping my foot at them. I did not like the ibis walking around me. But why did they appear in inner Sydney?
It is suggested the lack of food and water because of the drought, they are wading birds, drove them to populated areas. Now that water is aplenty over NSW, will they leave their inner suburban haunts? I doubt it. We humans are very dirty animals and leave a lot of unconsumed over food around.
Research tells me Little Penguins are what we in Victoria know as Fairy Penguins. They are cute but they smell. We have them living at St Kilda Pier and further afield, notably Phillip Island where a doco was made about them and has been screening on ABC1. The doco went down a treat in the UK.
This is an ibis and the photo is from Atoned blog. I don't think they are ugly. He writes, I think it is he, These ugly, ugly birds (Ibis) were all over the place in Darlington Harbor.