Fois Na Mara

Little Blue Penguins - 15th Jan 2014

Fois Na Mara visit the Little Blue Penguins

Dunedin pulled out a beautiful day yesterday so I decided to make the most of the gorgeous weather and do something on the Otago Peninsula.

I wanted to do an activity I hadn't done before so I took a trip to the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa head at dusk and went on the guided trip down to Pilots Beach to see the Little Blue Penguins.

The Little Blue Penguin is the world's smallest penguin.  After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as "rafts" not far offshore where they often can be heard vocalising - usually short, loud squawks. At dusk penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost.

I got some great photos of the sun setting over Dunedin city while we waited for dusk. There was to be no flash photography of the penguins so I cannot share with you what I saw. To be honest I was in total awe of the wee creatures and glad to not be stuck behind a camera.  We saw around 150 Little Blue Penguins, which came in over a period of an hour.  It was such a magical sight.
My only suggestion is is that you make a trip to the Otago Peninsula, stay at Fois Na Mara and go and see the penguins yourselves.  For more information click here

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