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Nature Tuesday – The Blue Penguin photos

These Blue Penguins live in New Zealand’s coastal water ways. They are Blue and small creatures that burrow and rear their young. 

The Thumbnail photo are 2 Blue Penguins that I saw for the first time at Bird Rescue.

The other photos are photos I took at the Auckland Zoo in Pt Chevalier.

The Blue Penguin is the smallest of Penguins it grows from 33 cm high to 43 cm in length.It’s population is decreasing.

It is found in Southern Australia and New Zealand coastal areas. It’s lifespan is 6 years. A lot of these get caught in fishing nets used for commercial enterprise. They also have predators in the sea.

I saw some Blue Penguin nests in Tiritiri Matangi Island and in the evening they return home to their nests late afternoon

Quite often on a Whales & Dolphin outing in the Waitemata there would be Blue Penguins around but hard to spot because they are so small in size.

Actually dogs are the greatest threat to the Penguin. Cats, Ferrets, Stoats and Weasels will also kill them.

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