You don't have to travel to the Antarctic to see penguins. I visited the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand and had the opportunity to 'encounter' and photograph some Little Blue penguins.
They aren't exactly blue, but they do have a shade of blue on their dark grey coat of fine feathers.
At the New Zealand Penguin Encounter, there is a huge natural-themed environment for the penguins. They can be viewed from from two levels, the upper level, outdoors, and the lower level, indoors.
The penguins in this centre are special. They have been rescued from the wild and cared for here. They all have physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, and they would have perished if left to fend for themselves in their natural habitat. What the people are doing there for sea bird conservation is just wonderful.
You just have to watch these videos of them...they're so adorable...especially the toddlers.
The first video is taken from the outdoor view.
The second is of the penguins during feeding time in the pool.
soothing words,a caring touch
scarred hearts mend
battered wings heal