In Pictures: The only fairy penguins in Europe get ready to meet their fans

A colony of 25 fairy penguins have arrived in England after being relocated from a sanctuary in Australia following its closure.

They are now settling in to their new enclosure at the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park in Dorset, and will be on show to the public at the weekend.

Fairy penguins are usually found only on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Fairy penguins are usually found only on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand (Andrew Milligan/PA)
They are also known as the little penguin, as they are smallest species of the bird (Andrew Matthews/PA)
They are also known as the little penguin, as they are smallest species of the bird (Andrew Matthews/PA)
In New Zealand they are more often known as the little blue penguin or the blue penguin because of their plumage (Andrew Matthews/PA)
In New Zealand they are more often known as the little blue penguin or the blue penguin because of their plumage (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Like all penguins they are much more graceful in the water than on land (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Like all penguins they are much more graceful in the water than on land (Andrew Matthews/PA)
After their long journey from Australia, the fairy penguins are settling into their new surroundings (Andrew Matthews/PA)
After their long journey from Australia, the fairy penguins are settling in to their new surroundings (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The penguins spend the largest part of their day swimming (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The penguins spend the largest part of their day swimming (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Fairy penguins at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park
The flightless birds are expected to be popular when they go on show to the public (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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