This is a companion to my Bird of the Day blog, which focuses on birds I have seen in Victoria, Canada.

When my husband and I started planning a trip to New Zealand, I was delighted to read about the large number of unique birds that reside there. Having exhausted the supply of new birds at home, this was a welcome opportunity to continue my birding education. This blog will cover the various birding sites on the North and South Islands and (hopefully) the multitude of birds we encounter there.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Otago Peninsula

Rain was falling heavily as we drove into Portobello on the Otago Peninsula. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), it turned out to be the best place for viewing sea birds. I saw quite a variety including: Spoonbills, Pied Shags, Little Shags, Pied Oystercatchers, Pied Stilts, Red-billed Gulls, Black-backed Gulls, Caspian Tern, Black Swans, Paradise Shelducks, White-faced Herons, Shovellers and PENGUINS. There are Yellow-Eyed Penguin colonies in the area with hides built to allow people to watch the penguins without disturbing them. We saw four babies, as well as a number of mottling adults.




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