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Dunedin Railway station is famous for its Victorian architecture. Not quite evident here.

 

In the morning we wandered around admiring Dunedin’s beautiful old buildings including the railway station.  We broke for a snack at the markets near the station which sold many home-made goodies, savoury and sweet.

 

In the afternoon (yes, a strange time to start), we were picked up to go to the Royal Albatross Colony … it’s called that because the birds are Royal Albatrosses … and not because the Colony is under the patronage of some Royalty.

 

The colony is located on Otago Peninsula not too far from Dunedin.  Silly me … I expected these lots and lots of these birds perched on the hillslopes, with wingspans averaging 3 metres.  Like a big-bird version of the gannet colony on Auckland’s west coast.  Err … hello, they’re an endangered species … so the reality was that we huddled into an observatory to get glimpses of them in the long grass.

 

The peninsula is also home to other creatures and we made various stops (by van and then trotting uphill and downhill) to spot them as well … birds of various kinds, penguins, sea lions and seals.  To be honest, the wildlife wasn’t as plentiful or visible as Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.  

 

We finished after 9pm back in Dunedin after a cold, tiring but worthwhile excursion. 

 

 

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Dunedin Railway station is famous …
Dunedin Railway station is famous…
But its Victorian charm is more ev…
But its Victorian charm is more e…
But its Victorian charm is more ev…
But its Victorian charm is more e…
And also from the front.
And also from the front.
On Otago Peninsula.  Beautiful?  A…
On Otago Peninsula. Beautiful? …
Bird-spotting on the way to the Ro…
Bird-spotting on the way to the R…
What a scenery!  This is from the …
What a scenery! This is from the…
Albatross taking flight.
Albatross taking flight.
Albatrosses inflight.
Albatrosses inflight.
Albatross nesting ... theyre pret…
Albatross nesting ... they're pre…
These arent albatrosses ... I wis…
These aren't albatrosses ... I wi…
Albatross (red) vs Human (white).
Albatross (red) vs Human (white).
Beautiful bay where we spotted pen…
Beautiful bay where we spotted pe…
Penguin tracks.
Penguin tracks.
King of the hill.
King of the hill.
Penguins.
Penguins.
Penguin amongst the sheep.
Penguin amongst the sheep.
King of the cliff?
King of the cliff?
Penguin in the sunset.
Penguin in the sunset.
Hello there says Pingu.
"Hello there" says Pingu.
Its getting cold and dark ... sea…
It's getting cold and dark ... se…
Its getting cold and dark ... sea…
It's getting cold and dark ... se…
I love seeing seaweed swirling in …
I love seeing seaweed swirling in…
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