Penguin Island

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Nature Documentary hosted by Rolf Harris, published by BBC in 2010 - English narration

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Documentary about the penguins who live on Phillip Island, off the coast of Australia. Narrated by Rolf Harris.

[edit] Love is in the Air

As devoted penguin couple Bluey and Sheila return to their cliff-top home to begin the annual breeding cycle, Penguin Island introduces the dedicated team of rangers and scientists who will monitor and protect them through the hottest summer on record. Bluey and Sheila lay their first clutch of eggs, but while Sheila is off at sea hunting for food, the eggs hatch and Bluey must guard them until Sheila is home to meet her two young sons.

[edit] Danger in the Penguin Colony

Long-time penguin couple Bluey and Sheila are struggling to feed their hungry chicks, Sammy and Tom, as well as protect them from predatory gulls, domestic pets and a feral fox, which is stalking the colony. As the rangers set out to hunt the fox, we meet the human residents of Phillip Island whose homes have been reclaimed by the government to make way for a penguin protection zone.

[edit] Where Have All the Fish Gone?

Time is running out for hungry penguin chicks Sammy and Tom, whose parents Bluey and Sheila must swim further and further out to sea in a desperate attempt to find fish. Ranger Elizabeth Lundahl-Hegedus keeps watch over the under-nourished chicks, worried they won't survive until their parents return to feed them, while ranger John Evans patrols the colony, checking for offshore "baitballs" of fish, a sign that food is nearby.

[edit] A Heatwave Hits the Colony

A punishing heatwave hits the island. As bushfires rage around the state, penguins are collapsing from heat, hunger and exhaustion. The penguin study group finds many heat-stressed penguins and rangers work to rehydrate and cool the little penguins in a battle to save their lives. A volunteer arrives with an overheated penguin chick, underweight and close to death, but Mauve proves to be one of the lucky ones as wildlife carer Marg Healy steps in to keep him alive.

[edit] Rocky Finds Love at Last

Unlucky-in-love Rocky finally finds a mate in Jess. She endures a parasite infestation as she waits patiently with her newborn chicks, desperate for Rocky to return to feed them. When moulting season arrives, the little penguins begin to shed their feathers. Wildlife carer Marg Healy gets her most difficult patient yet, and biologist Andre Chiaradia reveals just what little penguins get up to underwater.

[edit] Summer Ends on Penguin Island

Rocky and Jess's lone surviving chick Tilda is not yet big enough to feed herself and is anxiously awaiting the return of her parents. At sea a leaking oil tanker has disastrous consequences for the little penguins and wildlife carer Marg Healy demonstrates how tiny knitted jumpers help to prevent the little penguins from ingesting toxic fuel.

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[edit] SD Version

  • Video Codec: Xvid
  • Video Bitrate: 1600 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720x400
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.8:1
  • Frame Rate: 25FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 29mins
  • Number of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 352 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

[edit] HD Version

  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 4000 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 29mins
  • Number of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 855 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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