In Search of Penguins – Fiordland Crested Penguin

South Westland beach

On our recent trip to Bruce Bay we took the opportunity to try our luck to see some Fiordland Crested Penguin.  It is their breeding season so the male is sitting on the eggs while the female is out fishing.

in seach of penguins south westland

The Fiordland Crested Penguin or Tawaki (Maori name) is the world’s rarest penguin and generally only travels up the West Coast as far as Bruce Bay.  We were trying our luck a little further south at a beach recommended by some friends.

as sun sets in search of penguins

After a short bush walk we come out onto a remote beach and straight away see some penguin footprints heading up the beach from the sea.  We know they are here – and hopefully more are coming.

as the sun sets murphys beach

We find a spot on the beach hidden by some flax and sit quietly to wait and watch.

sunset in search of penguins south westland

Wait and watch…… the beautiful beach and the sun set…….

sunset up the creek murphys beach

Watch and wait – the changing colours as the sun set…..

sunset on Murphys beach South Westland

But alas no penguins.  We could hear them up the creek so think we were too late – they were in for the night already.

Murphys beach on sunset

A little bummed not to have seen a penguin but it was still nice just sitting, relaxing and enjoying some time with my good friend Bernie.

bernies penguin on the beach

To show just what a good friend she is, Bernie kindly shared a photo from a previous visit – just so I know what I missed out on…… thanks B!

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that are The West Coast of the Southern Alps.

About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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