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Hautai Hill

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  • Day19

    Nature's Wonders

    November 19, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Perry och Tracey Reid driver en mycket ambitiös ekoturism längst ute på Otago-halvön där de, utan statligt stöd, försöker hålla skadedjur och störande turister borta från sina ägor till förmån för endemiska djur, bland annat pälssäl och den starkt hotade gulögda pingvinen (Megadyptes antipodes).
    Det är den mest sällsynta pingvinarten med runt 1.700 häckande par, varav 600 på Sydön. De är otroligt blyga och avbryter häckningen om en människa visar sig i närheten. Därför finns de inte på zoo, och därför får man även här titta på dem på mycket stort avstånd. På stranden där de häckar, bild 2, har ingen människa satt sin fot på över 20 år. Bild 3 visar en inzoomad gul pingvin som lurar i kanten mellan sand och buskage.
    Transporten runt på ägorna skedde via ett amfibiefordon med åttahjulsdrift (Argo) som hade en förvånansvärt god komfort på extremt ojämnt underlag (bild 4), och levde efter Tage Danielsons motto:

    Bilarna borde ha avgasrören
    inte i aktern, utan i fören.
    Då blir det den som kör
    som dör.

    Vi dog dock inte utan hade riktigt roligt trots tvåtakts-stanken och det extrema bullret.
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    ErikssonErlingOnTour

    Så fina bilder Filip, för det är väl du som fotar 😃

    11/20/19Reply

    Så sööööööt!!! /Anna B

    11/20/19Reply

    Oh vad gullig/Agneta

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  • Day6

    Albatrosser, sälar och pingviner

    February 2, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Vilken dag!
    Mulet med lite regnstänk, men vad gör det när vi samma dag och på samma plats får studera både häckande albatrosser, sälar och pingviner! Vi fick nästan nypa oss i armen, är detta sant!
    Till detta kommer vägar som knappt kan beskrivas, där vi körde med vyer runt oss som kunde vara hämtade ur en saga. Förstår varför de valde Nya Zeeland som inspelningsplats till Sagan om Ringen!

    För att lära mer om Albatrosser så besökte vi Royal Albatross Center:
    Albatrossen är 3-4 meter mellan vingarna och väger 8-10 kg. Den häckar vart annat år och föräldrarna turas om att ruva äggen under 11 veckor. Därefter hjälps de åt att mata ungen som, när den växer, kan behöva upp till 2 kg fisk per dag. Fisken fångar de 50-100 mil därifrån så varje matrunda kan ta både 2 och 3 dagar. Med rätt vind tar de sig fram i en hastighet på 100 km i timmen!
    När ungen väl är flygfärdig, ca ett år efter att föräldrarna kom till ön, lämnar den boet för att, under 3-5 år, utforska både Sydafrika och Sydamerika. Därefter återvänder den till samma plats på Sydön för att hitta en livskamrat och själv bygga bo och häcka.

    Efter att ungen flugit iväg, lämnar föräldrarna ön för att på vars sitt håll flyga iväg. De träffar sin partner igen på samma plats 1 år senare för nästa parning och kommer dessförinnan inte att sätta sin fot på land!
    Vi fick under dagen se både flygande albatrosser och 4 fåglar som låg på ägg 20 meter framför oss. Nedanför, höll en koloni pingviner till och strax bredvid låg gäspande sälar!
    Helt fantastiskt!

    Dagen avslutade vi med att titta in i Dunedins köpcenter där Gun-Britt hittade lite sommarkläder på rea.
    Ikväll hade vi bestämt oss för middag på rummet, så vi passade på att köpa några piroger och sallad. Till det en flaska Pinot Noir från Marlborough-området som vi kommer till senare på resan!
    I morgon bitti reser vi vidare. Nya äventyr väntar på Stewart Island.
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    Kai Nilsson

    Den här resan innebär att ni blir ännu mer allmänbildad än innan!

    2/5/20Reply
    Gun-Britt Maulin

    Ja, precis😂!

    2/6/20Reply
    Ann-Kristin Skantz

    Vad mycket intressant info ni levererar. Underbara bilder. Följer er resa med stort intresse. Tack för att jag får följa med.

    2/5/20Reply
    Gun-Britt Maulin

    Hittills är vi överväldigade! Vilket fantastiskt vackert land och så vänliga människor här bor!

    2/6/20Reply
     
  • Day29

    Hoffnung zu sehen Seelöwen und Pinguine

    January 29, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Auf dem Weg zu den Seelöwen und Pinguine sind wir am Sandfliegen Strand vor bei gefahren wo wir etwas die Sonne genossen haben ☺️ dort haben wir auch Seelöwen gesehen 😍
    Bei den Pinguinen sind sehr viele Möwen gewesen und Pelikane als wir im Shop waren hat es stark angefangen zu hageln dabei sind sehr viele Tiere gestorben und deswegen haben sich alle Tiere versteckt deshalb konnten wir dann leider keine mehr sehen🙈Read more

    Stefan Fipper-Riedl

    Traumhaft <3

    2/5/20Reply
     
  • Day199

    Dunedin & Otago Halbinsel

    March 17, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Glücklicherweise wurde das Wetter wieder besser und wir konnten an diesem Tag wieder die Sonne sehen. Als erstes fuhren wir auf den „Signal Hill“ mit Blick über Dunedin. Dort machten wir uns dann auch unser Frühstück. Danach ging es dann weiter an die Spitze der vorgelagerten Halbinsel „Otago Peninsula“ zum „Royal Albatros Centre“. Dort tranken wir erstmal einen Kaffee und dann machten wir eine geführte Tour, um die Albatrosse zu sehen. Unser Tourguide, ein Neuseeländer chinesischen Ursprungs, war wirklich super nett und hat eine tolle Tour gemacht. Auf der Tour sahen wir zuerst die Küken der Albatrosse. Neben den Küken, die auf ihre Eltern warten, gab es ein Küken mit Elternteil und später haben wir dann glücklicherweise auch mehrere Vögel fliegen sehen. Diese Vögel können eine Spannweite von ca. 3m erreichen und sind damit sehr beeindruckend.
    Danach fuhren wir nochmals zurück in die Stadt und zum Einkaufen. Und die Regale mit Nudeln, Toast, Reis und Desinfektionsmittel waren leer, aber erstaunlicherweise nicht das Toilettenpapier. Am Abend fuhren wir dann noch ein Stück weiter Richtung Süden. Zuerst ging es zum „Cathedral Beach“ mit einem natürlichen Steinbogen und dann zum Campingplatz ein bisschen weiter am Strand entlang. Jedoch war der von uns ausgesuchte Campingplatz leider voll und daher mussten wir nochmals zurück nach Dunedin auf den „Gratis Camping-Parkplatz“ fahren. So liegen wir nochmals durch die Stadt und sahen auch noch einige grün gekleidete Menschen, da „St. Patricks Day“ war...
    Uns ist aufgefallen, dass die Neuseeländer nie „you‘re welcome“ als „gern geschehen“ nach Danke verwenden, sondern lieber „no worries“ oder „no problem“. Auch lustig ist, dass sie als Verabschiedung gerne „Cheers“ verwenden...
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    Daniela Horvat

    Der Vorderreifen sieht nach etwas wenig Luft aus...

    3/23/20Reply
    Robby vds

    Hey Wie schauts bei euch aus ? Lg

    3/23/20Reply
     
  • Day39

    Monarch Cruises

    January 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    For the afternoon I booked a combo package.
    First I will cruise around the Otago Peninsula with Monarch Cruises and then I will visit the Penguin Place to hopefully see some Yellow-eyed Penguins and learn more about the wildlife here.

    I had to check-in 15 min before departure time.
    As I was done with my walks around 1 pm I went to the campground first and had some crackers with the lovely cheese for lunch!

    Then shortly before 2.30 pm I left the campground and was very good at time at the check-in for my cruise, it’s only a 10 min drive.

    The boat was just coming back from the previous tour so we had to wait until everything was ready dir our tour. Then it was time to board the ship. We were waiting a couple of minutes for another two people that were late but had to leave before they were showing up.
    We first went to some Shags colonies. There were two different Shags to see, on the first picture you can see the Otago Shags, that are only found around this area in New Zealand.
    In the second picture, it’s the Spotted Shags.
    They prefer totally different Typ of terrain as you can see!
    Our skipper gave us a lot of information about the area and the animals around us.
    Next up where the fur seals. One was trying to get up the cliffs but didn’t make it. We also saw a few puppies laying around in the middle of the fourth picture.
    Then we turned around the corner to see the nesting place for the Royal Albatrosses. It’s the only breeding colony on land!!

    Unfortunately, the weather conditions were not good to see them flying around. The weather is to good today 🙈😂
    No wind at all. Albatross needs wind to glide around. Their long but narrow wings are not made for flying long distances.
    You maybe can see some white spots on the last pictures, these are the nesting albatross.
    But it’s hard to see them.
    We then went out to the open ocean and tried to find some albatross testing on the ocean. We were actually lucky to spot one, but that one was flying away from us when we came closer.
    They breed only every second year. It’s a 12-month cycle to get and raise a chick, so after that the parents separated and leave for one year, just traveling around on the ocean and never touching land until it’s time to come back and breed again.
    The juveniles travel around for 4-8 years after leaving their nest without touching any land until they come back to breed for the first time!!
    They drink salt water and don’t like to be on the land at all. They rest on the ocean.
    Really interesting.

    On the way back we even saw two Little Blue Penguins, but they were to fast to be caught on a picture.
    Our skipper really tried to find some albatross, crossing around the area but we were not lucky. That’s how it is, I was at first lucky about the good weather conditions but in the end not anymore 🙈😂

    Anyway, it was a nice tour with a lot of information.
    Now I am looking forward to see some Yellow-eyed Penguins 🤗
    Please let me be lucky with that!!
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  • Day39

    Penguin Place I

    January 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    After the cruise, I had plenty of time to take me to the penguin place. It’s only a 3 minutes drive and I was booked on the tour at 4.45 pm.

    So I hade to wait a little bit there until the tour was starting.
    We first got into the information center and our guide Adrian told us a lot about the Yellow-eyed Penguins.
    There are only around 700 of them left so they are really, really rare and close to extinction. He also said, if you see one of them in nature you are lucky if you see two you are very, very lucky and if you see three of them on the same day you might go and play the lotto the same day, as you are extremely lucky!

    Their biggest problem is that we humans have destroyed their territory so much, that they don’t find nesting places anymore. They need shelter from the sun under some bushes and trees as the young once can not control their body temperature and overheat really fast. They also don’t like to live to closed to each other as they are the most unsocial penguins in the world so they need extremely much space as well.

    So the family that owns this farm since 1966 has started to rebuild their natural habitat for the penguins in 1980 and they do all they can to help them to increase their numbers again.
    Unfortunately, it is not so easy.

    They also have a kind of daycare for penguins, they get them from animal hospitals and feed them up until they can get released again into the wild. Their success rate is actually 95%!!
    They get the penguins from all over New Zealand, or better said from the south part of the South Island.
    Right now they have 4 chicks, which are here because their parents struggled to raise them.
    Then they have a juvenile yellow-eyed that had problems with his feathers and that one needs to stay here until the mold is over.
    They also have an adult Yellow-eyed Penguin, that was found underweight and need to get more weight before that one can get released into the wild again and then there is one Fjordland penguin as well!

    After all the information we went to see the patients. We had to be totally quiet and got a little bit of time to see them all and take pictures. That closed I probably never come to see them again.
    So that was really nice!
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  • Day39

    Penguin Place II

    January 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Then we jumped on a bus for a short ride to the reserve. It is all on private land and the owners are operating the tours and it’s the only way to get to the beach. Adrien also said that they are using all the money from the tours to plant more trees, protect the penguins more, take care of penguins that need to be looked after for a while. So it’s nice to know, that the money I spend to see some rare penguins is actually used to help them!

    After the short ride, we started a short bushwalk.
    The tracks are really good and we got strict orders to stay together and be really quiet, as they have been spotting a juvenile near a pond and that where we are going first now.

    A part of the track is through some tunnels, it all is build to keep the impact on the penguins as small as possible. The viewing shelters are like small huts with viewing places.
    Luckily the juvenile was still there, enjoy the sun 🤗
    Adrian told us, that there are only 25 yellow-eyed penguins living on this beach, that’s not much! It’s a really big beach!!
    So they really don’t like to be too close to each other.
    After watching the juveniles sunbath we went to see a 9 1/2 week old chick with his mom. But they have been unfortunately disappearing. Adrian went off to try to find them, but he had no luck, though he said he could hear the little one screaming for his parents.
    So we went down to the stone cliffs and watched some lazy fur seals laying around in the sun. We got to know, that this area is between two big breeding areas and all the fur seals here are young males, chased away from the old males from the breeding colony’s around.

    We then went back to the nesting area, hoping that for someone of the breeding family had already returned. We found a little blue penguin in a nesting box on the way. As they are more social their boxes are very closed to each other all around the area.

    On the way to the viewing shelter Adrian suddenly stopped and said, I see the chick, let’s go another way. And then we all saw him, climbing up the hill, going back home I guess!
    So lovely fluffy he is! 🥰
    That was also the end of our tour, so we walked back to the bus and drove back to the center.

    It was really nice to get so much information about the yellow-eyed penguin and I know now even more how lucky I was to see two of them the other day in the Katiki Reserve and I also now know, that the first one was an adult yellow-eyed and the second one a juvenile 😊
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  • Day37

    Manchot bleu - Rencontre inattendue

    February 15, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Nous sommes à l'albatros center et alors que nous descendons à un point de vue proche d'une plage en contrebas nous remarquons une femme prenant des photos entre les marches d'escalier..
    Un manchot bleu est immobile sous l'escalier. Il est alors si près de nous. Première fois que l'on peut en admirer un de jour et observer son pelage réellement bleu, ses yeux..
    Un moment magique
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  • Day18

    Blue Penguin Colony

    February 11, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A gift from Jason, an evening viewing of the penguins coming home for the night. Apparently these little penguins hunt all day on their own in the ocean and then regroup in the bay and come in in rafts (10+). Generally this colony sees between 80-100 blue penguins come in during this 75 minute viewing.

    Something happened this day and the penguins came in one or two at a time, and only 34 in the whole time we were watching. The guides suggested something may have scared the penguins so they were all separated, or a predator got them.

    A lot of people complained because there weren't enough penguins, seemingly unbothered by the fact that they may have been killed or injured during the day.
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  • Day15

    Otago Peninsula

    February 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Otago Peninsula is een schiereiland nabij Dunedin. Op het uiterste puntje, Harington Point, kun je zeehonden en pinguïns spotten. Pinguïns laten zich echter pas zien als het gaat schemeren, aangezien wij er 's ochtends waren, hebben we geen echte pinguïns gezien, alleen een exemplaar op een verkeersbord. Slechts heel erg in de verte hebben we een zeehond kunnen waarnemen (foto 2 inzoomen). Verder kun je hier een kolonie albatrossen bewonderen. Helaas heeft ook in Nieuw Zeeland de commercie zijn intrede gedaan: om de albatrossen te bezichtigen moet 55 dollar pp neergeteld worden hetgeen wij er niet voor over hadden. Het was weer erg mooi onderweg, maar vandaag aandacht voor Nieuw Zeelandse postbussen.Read more

    Diederik van Bergeijk

    €55. - voor een albatros is wat overdreven! Een mooie brievenbus op de foto is ook niet gek en een stuk goedkoper!! Genietse en niet te veel doorzakken😎😂

    2/15/17Reply
    Ruud

    Genieten doen we volop! 🖒😎

    2/15/17Reply
     

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