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.
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.
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.
We find a spot on the beach hidden by some flax and sit quietly to wait and watch.
Wait and watch…… the beautiful beach and the sun set…….
Watch and wait – the changing colours as the sun set…..
But alas no penguins. We could hear them up the creek so think we were too late – they were in for the night already.
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.
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.