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A penguin stakeout

Many beaches along New Zealand’s southeast coast are known habitats for rare varieties of penguins, but after several unsuccessful viewing attempts we were beginning to think it was just a hoax to keep the tourists occupied.  It became clear that we would need to step up our efforts and stage a stakeout.

Yesterday at dusk we headed for the far end of a long, windswept beach, and sat out of sight among some dune grass. Eventually, two tiny penguins emerged from the surf and waddled up the beach one by one, no more than knee height. Slowly shuffling across the beach to their nests, they looked remarkably like the unsteady drunk students wandering Dunedin the night before after the All Blacks Rugby World Cup victory.

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5 responses

  1. Harold Avers

    Nathan,

    Your cousin Laura would have loved to see the penguin – for real!

    October 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  2. Cousin Laura Avers Duda

    I’m so excited about the penguin sighting!!! I love penguins… Thank you for sharing this and for all that you’ve shared. So thankful your travels have been safe. Can’t wait to see you next summer. 🙂 Laura

    October 26, 2011 at 2:54 am

    • hi Laura! i was totally thinking of you during the search! definitely a fun thing to see.

      looking forward to seeing you and everyone too!

      take care

      October 28, 2011 at 4:54 am

  3. Callie

    Cute!! Another reason for me to go to New Zealand.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

  4. Jesse Littlefield

    Cute little dude!

    October 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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