Dunedin - penguins, sea lions and albatross...oh my
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After driving south from the boulders, I pulled into Dunedin well after dark and crashed at the nearest motel. I was utterly exhausted by this point and don't even remember going to sleep. The next morning, waking quite early before the sun, I checked out and drove up the Otego peninsula to see the penquins, albatross, and sea lions. That was my goal anyway. The hotel proprietor told me the best place to see the penguins was Pilot beach...of course the furthest away. In hindsight, I should have gone directly to Sandfly beach, my original plan. Pilot beach was loaded with albatross, but not a single penguin was there. I was quite disappointed.
After I resigned myself to disappointment over the penguins, I decided that since I'd be driving pretty close to Nugget Beach anyway, I'd drive there and see the site that is most famous for its yellow-eye penguins. Maybe by some miracle I'd get lucky there.
I got to Nugget Beach around 10:30 and headed straight for the penguin viewing area. Just when I had the beach in my sights, sure enough, I saw one last little penguin who must have gotten up late that day waddle up to the water and jump in. I just had time to view it in my binoculars, but not enough time to get close for a photo. Well, better one far away than none at all. Feeling somewhat satisfied now, my next stop would be in famous Milford Sound where I had a cruise lined up for tomorrow. That left me only today to drive there, so unfortunately, I didn't have the luxury of sticking around til early evening to see the penguins return. Again, in hindsight, I should have just stayed afterall. This great weather was about to change and throw all my carefully chosen plans completely out the window, messing up the rest of my trip......