Oamaru Blue Penguin Numbers for November

NovPengNovember is the last month of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, and the little blue penguins are busy raising their chicks, which are getting bigger and bigger and need more and more food. This means that the parent penguins must return from their forays out to go fishing for food more regularly, bringing food back for their young, which in turns means higher numbers of penguin arrivals at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. These numbers start to decrease, however, as the parent penguins begin to wean their young from dependence on regurgitated food, and eventually the parents will essentially “abandon” their chicks, staying out to sea for longer periods, until the chick, driven by hunger, decides to venture out on its own in search of food.

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