Do not think you are seeing things while driving along the road in Oamaru, Otago in New Zealand as this penguin crossing sign is a reality. Slow down considerably as the Blue Penguin is fairly small and if dusk or darkness has taken over, they are particularly hard to see.
The penguin crossing sign is the same colors as most important road signs except that there are two small penguins on the top one, this is not a common sight. The Blue Penguin Colony that resides in Oamaru, Otago is located along the coastline and it is not uncommon for these birds to waddle their way inland.
Growing to a size of about twenty-five centimeters and not weighing more than about a kilogram, these penguins are very important to the wilderness of New Zealand. Usually night is when the penguin colony comes ashore as they spend a majority of the day fishing in the water.
If you think you see a small animal crossing the road in Oamaru, Otago in New Zealand, please obey the sign and slow down as more than likely it is a penguin. September to January seems to be the stretch of time to view the penguin colony but they do live around the shores of Oamaru year round.
Blue Penguin Crossing Sign, Oamaru, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/320 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 52mm.
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