tracks of YEP heading out to feed from Victory beach
Sighting reported by Denise Goodman (DOC). Moulting adult penguin found on East End Beach with a suspected broken flipper (R) as a result of a dog encounter. The penguin has been sent to Dawn Morton Bird Rescue and will receive treatment from Massey University Wildbase.
Three pairs of footprints in sand (6 birds in total) heading out to sea. Two pairs to east of Bell Block boat ramp and one pair to the west.
9am calm sunny day.
Sighting provided by Luke McDonald on the Project Hotspot Facebook page. Penguin observed swimming and then jumping onto the rocks in front of the Ngamotu Yatch Club. Not sure on exact time of sighting.
Dithering about on the beach and getting annoyed with the young gulls. Finally headed to sea
Beyond keyhole rock and heading out to sea.
Washed up on the beach.
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.