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These days we are all looking for a bargain. Your hard earned money needs to stretch just that much more so that you can tailor many treats to accommodate this increase in wealth. So when you are looking for an extraordinary adventure, you will have come to the right spot with penguin tours. These types of tours are for those nature lovers who don’t mind being leaving nature to do what it does best and simply enjoy watching.

As with everything that you find these days penguin tours do vary and it is up to you to know when a bargain is to be had. Unlike most other nature tours most penguin tours happen during the whole year, so you are never short of finding the correct inspiration. This is your guide to the workings of penguin life so that your understanding of these creatures is not only limited to what movies and nature channels have to tell you.

However, your specific location in Australia or New Zealand might limit you to certain penguin tour sites. Alternatively if this is too limited for you then you can travel to the other sites. However if you add fuel costs the closer to home penguin tours might prove worthwhile.

Technological aids

Due to increased need for understanding you will find that some penguin tours offer you great ways of learning about penguins. Some have more advanced technological tools such as MP4 audio tours along with your penguin viewing. Others offer you comprehensive guides that will keep you enthralled with the specific species that you are viewing.

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In some nature reserves you will be able to enjoy a more treated viewing of the penguins. This can be a romantic treat should you want to treat it is as one. Some parks offer you a viewing box that gives you an extraordinary view of the penguins. The reason for this is that penguin tours often happen at night as this is when the penguins return to their respective burrows to ‘get ready for bed’. So this means that you are sometimes outside and have to contend with the elements. You might not also be allowed to bring certain items. This then makes a viewing box an appealing option as you can sit in the warmth while enjoying the spectacular display or natural performance by the penguins.  Perhaps this is an option ideal for winter. You still get the close feel that penguin tours are all about.

If you’re planning on visiting New Zealand, and want to take in some of the incredible sights the country has to offer, there’s one sight you absolutely cannot miss – an adorable, super-endearing penguin tour! Watch and observe hundreds, even thousands of adorable little penguins in their native habitat. These adorable little New Zealand penguins are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Watch the penguins as the dive and fly through the air, and watch them waddle around on land. It’s absolutely breathtaking to be able to watch these lovely little birds in their home, undisturbed. Not only is New Zealand an absolutely magical, gorgeous place, the native animals are amazing to take in as well, and are one sight you simply need to see.

There are three different species of penguin that are native to the New Zealand area, and that are all available to see on penguin tours in New Zealand – simply a must-do activity for anyone touring through New Zealand! The first penguin is the Korora, or the little blue penguin, or little fairy penguin, which is actually the smallest penguin in the entire world! There’s something amazing about seeing this tiny little penguin on a penguin tour, or during the breathtaking penguin parade, in which hundreds, even thousands of these little penguins launch themselves out of the water. There is also the yellow-eyed penguin, which has an astonishing shade of bright yellow splashed on it’s face, as well as the Fjorland penguin, which is actually one of the rarest in the world! Not only does New Zealand have some of the most adorable, and fascinating birds on the planet, we also have two extremities – one of the rarest, as well as the smallest penguin on the planet! Also, since penguins are not a migratory bird, these particular species are not going to be seen anywhere else – they’ve been in New Zealand all their life, and will stay there, making them truly a New Zealand sight. This is one activity you simply cannot pass up!

There is something that is just truly magnificent about being able to witness animals in their natural habitat, outside of a zoo, and New Zealand is able to offer just that with their native penguin population. Being able to take in the breathtaking landscape of New Zealand, along with watching these adorable little birds is truly an experience simply like no other.

 

Penguin Feeding Chick

When hunting, penguins will typically go for a few different kinds of prey. Penguins gravitate towards krill, which is a kind of shrimp, small squids and small fish. Different kinds of penguins will go for different kinds of prey, but they typically gravitate towards the same kind of food, as this helps to rid of competition among species. Krill makes up the majority of the diet of both Antarctic and sub Antarctic penguins.

Smaller penguins, which are found along the Antarctic and sub Antarctic, will usually feed on both krill, as well as smaller squids, while those penguins that can be found farther north will usually eat small fish that they find while swimming.

The Adelie penguin will usually feed on smaller krill, while the chinstrap penguin will gravitate and hunt for larger krill, since they are a slightly larger penguin than the Adelie penguin.

Both Emperor penguins and King Penguins will usually eat small fish, as well as small squid, and do not usually eat krill unlike many other varieties of penguins, setting them apart from some of their relatives.

Penguins will eat more depending on the time of the year, as well as the amount of food available, of course. It also depends what area the penguin is in.  A colony of around 5 million Adelie penguins can eat up to 8,100 tons of krill and small fishes in a single day, demonstrating that penguins do need a lot of food despite being a smaller bird.

Penguins typically feed while in the water, about 15 metres underwater, but this is also dependent on the season, time of day, as well as the location of the penguin while feeding.

Penguins will usually use their sight, and not their hearing or sense of smell like some other predators. Penguins can spot their prey because the majority of their prey produces light, making them much easier to spot than some other preys. Penguins will often catch their prey with their bills, and swallow it completely, without even stopping to chew at all.

Different species of penguins will travel different distances when they are looking for food. Some penguins will go as far 15 kilometres, while some will actually venture as far as over 800 kilometres for their food. Sometimes, penguins will actually get their nourishment in holes mean for seals, or other various cracks in the ice.

 

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