I am a New Yorker visiting the South Island for the first time in the middle of January. I am trying to route a spot to see Yellow-eyed Penguin into my trip. I am only in range briefly - I leave Stewart Island in the evening, then immediately do a long drive from Bluff to Dunedin (arriving no earlier than 9). The next morning I am heading way north and probably can’t wait for a morning tour of Penguin Place. So ny question is:
Are there any worthwhile stops for Yellow-eyed Penguin during the day east or north of Dunedin? Do they head to sea before dawn? Or could the penguins audible at night? I apologize if these are silly questions. I want to be a respectful ecotourist.
General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
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