Erect-Crested Penguin Sighting

Over the last few days there has been sightings of a Erect-Crested Penguin. It is thought that the last official sighting of one of these individuals was in 2007. 

The erect-crested penguin is one of three similar-looking crested penguins endemic to southern New Zealand (Snares Crested & Fiordland Crested). Its main breeding grounds are on the remote Bounty and Antipodes Islands.

Individual birds are found moulting on the east coast of the South Island most summers and is possibly why this individual is visiting our shores.

Not much is known about this species of penguin but what is known is that they are very beautiful to watch (from a distance). Erect-Crested Penguin info

Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

Close-up of Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

Close-up of Erect-Crested Penguin sighted at Kaikōura, New Zealand

 

Please note: These pictures were taken using a zoom lens, it is not recommended to get close to these birds and to keep a safe distance from them. Photo Credit: Viraj Gamage

State Highway 1 both North & South of Kaikōura

& Inland Road Route 70 between Christchurch (via Waiau) to Kaikōura is OPEN 24/7.

Please drive to the conditions & visit nzta.govt.nz/p2c for more information.