Otago Peninsular

Trip Start Nov 02, 2012
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Trip End Jan 04, 2013


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

We went to the Penguin Place for a guided tour of the Yellow eared Penguin colony, the most endangered penguin in the world. We taken by coach into farm land and then walked to a bay where Fur Seals bask in the sun. We saw Red Beaked Gulls and their chicks and Blue Penguins nesting.The farmer developed the site with a view to protect them at his own cost and later encouraged tourist to realise the plight of this species. Trenches were built so that people could get close to their nests without disturbing or scaring them. Dave went there 7 years previously and it was still fantastic except there we less birds, really lovely place and guided tour 5 Stars.
Laura bought a pearl paua shell on the way to the motel. 
 We cooked a chicken curry and got ready to see the Blue  Penguins at the albatross centre at 20.30. We met our guide and had a talk prior to being escorted to an enclosure which had been completed last year. It had three hundred nesting boxes spread over a large area. There was a path and steps leading down to a cove and viewing area illuminated with dim lights. About 40 of us stood looking out into a very windy and damp day waiting for the returning penguins. As it got darker rafts of Blue Penguins 18 inches tall spilled onto the shore and up the hill past us. They were timid, tired and full up with squid, fish, plankton and other food. Over 150 penguins landed, lovely nature evening, we returned at 22.30.
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