Recently dead on beach. Many were killed here a few months ago by a suspected mustelid.
This gang of young male penguins visited for a day or so while all their friends were nesting at a penguin colony quite a distance away. They were very tame, approaching quite happily within a metre of humans.
The date of this observation is not exact, but it was within a fortnight of the 30th Nov, 2007.
I saw six little blue penguins in a radius of about 20–30 m between Rapaki and Quail Island.
(time is in PST because that is what my camera is set to)
The world's smallest penguin they are native to New Zealand and to southern coastal Australia.
Recently emerged from the ocean
6 sets of footprints found on sand of surfaces of varying density and moisture. Photos show footprints on a range of such surfaces at the site.
6 sets found on sand of varying moisture and density. These photos show a range of surface types.
Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the oceans.