September Penguin Numbers

With the arrival of spring in the southern hemisphere, Oamaru’s blue penguins have one thought on their mind–breeding the next generation. As the days get longer and warmer, the penguins get to work building up their nests at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony in a sort of spring cleaning, preparing for the arrival of a few eggs that will eventually hatch into little fluffy penguin babies. As a result, the number of penguins returning each evening increases, and it’s not uncommon to have close to 200 penguins hitting the beach each night.

As you can see in the chart, the number of penguins counted during the first hour of the evening climbed from just around 80 at the beginning of the month, and peaked at close to 180 on the 24th.

Daytime visitors to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony these days are also likely to see several eggs and a few chicks in the “Blue Wing” daytime viewing area.

Evening viewing starts at 7:45pm at the beginning of October, taking into account the Daylight Savings Time and the later setting of the sun. And the colony now offers two seating areas, including a “premium” seating area that affords a better view of the penguins, and the chance to walk among the nests at the end of the viewing session. For more information or to make bookings, contact the penguin colony directly.

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