The Late, Late Show

Penguin Show, Oamaru

The yellow-eyed penguin stood on the strand
With his feet in the seaweed and shingle and sand
And he called ‘Quach Ah!’
And he flapped his wings
But no friends came in from the sea to he
No friends came in from the sea

And the tourists watched
From the terrace above and from
France and Japan and Peru
They had all come to see the penguin show
In the city of Oamaru
And you
And I came to Oamaru

The little blue penguins all came ashore
In rafts on the rainy green sea and more
climbed the rocky wet shore
And stood in debate
And debouched to their nests in the green the green
They run to the green and they preen

And the tourists watched
From the stands by the side and
Oohed and they aaaahed and they aaawed
At the cute little birds of the penguin show
In the city of Oamaru
And you
And I went to Oamaru

(Envoi……)
In their hilly wee bushy wee nest box town
They sang a ‘Halloo!’ To the sea
And they preened their blue sheen
In their nests in the green
And they sang a ‘Halloo!’ To the sea

We visited the penguin colonies in the historic (well it IS for New Zealand) city of Oamaru which I am here choosing to pronounce ‘Oh-ah-ma-ru’ correct or not. We saw three yellow-eyed penguins on the beach, one at a time. We got quite good views with binoculars from a specially constructed observation terrace above the beach. Not close enough for a good photo though.
Later, around nine o’clock we went to the evening viewing of the little blue penguins at the harbour foreshore. Here there are viewing stands on either side of the rocky section of beach where these charming little beasts come out the sea around dusk to go to the nest boxes hidden in bushes which constitute their reserve. A colony of around five hundred birds is supported here.

We had seen blue penguins before on Kapiti Island. My camera card ran out just as I was about to get a photo. In Oamaru photography is not permitted. So no picture of a little blue from me, I’m afraid. Plenty online though.

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