It has taken a while to get to a keyboard, but looks like our phone calls and txts got the message out (even though Ian Armitage was in South-east Asia!). My former DOC colleagues reported a large penguin (1 km south of Peka Peka Beach roadend). The site is accessible, and we soon discovered that several people had reported it to media, as DomPost and Stuff photographers and reporter arrived while Alan Tennyson (Te Papa), Peter Simpson and Richard Gill (both from DOC) and I were there.
Apparently there was a report of a large penguin splashing in water at Paraparaumu yesterday afternoon. It had moved north to Peka Peka by sunset, where it was reported to DOC. The bird is in good condition, though has not eaten for a while (green droppings). It started to get heat stressed (splayed flippers and feet), and moved to water's edge where it ate wet sand (probably thought it was snow and would melt).
It was still there at 1 pm. Plus 31 shore plover at Plimmerton on the way home.
You'll see more if you follow the Stuff link above.
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on Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:22 pm, edited 2 times in total.