Saturday, February 7, 2009

Penguins!


Penguins!

This One Just Emerged from the Sea

Drying-Off; Acclimatizing: We Can Relate...

Later, as dusk approached, we drove out to Nugget Point, in hopes of seeing that rarest and most endangered of penguins, the yellow-eyed penguin, from behind a DOC blind. Our patience, and yet another sand-fly encounter, was repaid extravagantly as we saw eight of them, three emerging onto the beach after a day's fishing in the sea. They surface, swim up to the beach, then stand there quite a while, allowing their bodies to adjust to the vast change in temperature. Then they climb up to their nests in the bush and feed regurgitated fish to their young. What a privilege to see them!

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