During the trip preparation we searched websites for the information about Penguins near Dunedin area. We found out that there are two types of penguins, the yellow-eyed penguins and the blue penguin. Yellow-eyed penguins come to the shores and walk to their nests after dawn. The blue penguin can only be spotted around 22:00. So we decided to visit the yellow-eyed penguins. The yellow-eyed penguins are also the rare species.
When we booked the interpretive tour at the penguin Place, we were told that the chance to spot the yellow-eyed penguins would be very low. The staff members would be observing them so that they could inform the tour guide if any penguin appears. At the beginning of the tour our tour guide gave a complete introduction about the situation of their project and something interesting facts about penguin. Then we got on an old van. After a few minutes of driving and then a few minutes of walking we arrived at the observation point. On the beach there were many nests built for penguins. Given the total number of yellow-eyed penguins available in the dedicated area we didn’t see any penguin.
Back to the rehabilitation centre we were able to see one yellowed-eyed penguin. It was too weak and had to be bred in the centre until it is strong enough.
In the rehabilitation centre we saw two more penguins. One was hit by the propeller of a boat and the other might have been injured in a net. They were rescued and placed there. Until they are recovered or strong enough they will be released to where they belong.
It was a pity that we could not see any penguin in the nature. However we admired people’s hard work devoted to the protection of this endangered yellow-eyed penguin species.