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We managed to time it right to see some of the world's rarest penguins, the Yellow-eyed Penguin, come ashore to their nesting area. It is estimated that there are only 1600 breeding pairs (Thanks Wikipedia) still in the wild.
Once out of the water they stopped to preen themselves before heading into long grass and their nests.
In the WS is a wider view. As often happened along The Catlins coast we had the area to ourselves which is probably good for the penguins.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4048 W: 102 N: 11567] (48135)
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