Liz & Kain / Beginning of MAY 2013
- Spotting the YEPs -
Nugget Point is one of the most iconic landforms on the Otago coast. This steep headland has a lighthouse at its tip, surrounded by rocky islets: The Nuggets.
Kain and I could finally saw the Yellow-eyed Penguin out there at the end of May 2013. They were returning to their nests in the little bay below Nugget Pt. This bay, Roaring Bay, gets its name from the ever-present wind and supports a healthy population of YEPs that hop ashore and then waddle up to their nests every afternoon at twilight .
These penguins pair for life, build their nests amongst the roots of forest trees or flax within calling range, but not in sight of, the next pair of birds, swim great distances and dive to extraordinary depths for food. There are only a few hundred of this rare penguin living on the Catlins coast.