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Our last outing in NZ was a guided nature walk to a secluded (and private) beach on the Otago Peninsula, where this fine fellow, a yellow-eyed penguin, guarded the footpath down to the beach. We gave him a wide berth and continued on down to the water, where we saw a number of Hooker's sea lions and more penguins, plus a good number of sea birds: gannets, waders, oyster catchers, Paradise ducks, shags and albatross.
There were some little blue penguins (that's what they're called) due to come ashore any minute as we were leaving the beach; we heard one calling from his burrow (they sleep ashore in holes in the ground, returning at dusk from a day of fishing: this guy had taken the day off, apparently) but saw none emerging from the water.
Marcia and I are sitting in the Air New Zealand lounge prior to boarding our flight from Auckland to SFO, and then to Denver. It was a great trip, and it finished with a weather gift: how fortunate that we ended the trip with this amazingly fine day instead of the nine consecutive days of rain we started out with.
fresh penguin tracks in the sand