We were out on the water last week and on our way back home I thought I saw a penguin in the water, not a huge giant Emperor penguin but a little blue penguin. I swung the boat around and did a wide sweep and found nothing but doubts. When I got home I checked out whether I would have been dreaming or not and yes they are found along the coastline of New Zealand and Southern Australia. And they have been sighted near Brown’s Island (Moukorea) and we were near there so I wasn’t seeing a figment of my imagination.
Finding wildlife and being able to identify it is a very satisfying feeling.
They are the smallest penguin in the world.
UPDATE: I saw another little blue penguin today. They are solitary birds. I say that with my limited experience. I have seen two little blue penguins ever! They were by themselves. It could very well have been the same bird. Today’s sighting was on the eastern side of Waiheke Island. I tried to take a photo of it but it kept diving and all I took were great shots of water. How did you get such a clear closeup shot, Glen?
Little Blue Penguin in depth