We saw some pukekos in a field past Portobello, which is one of my wife's favorite birds - they are really pretty, and a bit awkward in proportion that gives them some real character.
We saw some oystercatchers down at Pilot Beach, which at dusk is a good spot to try and see little blue penguins.
At Pilot beach there was also a nice paradise duck fly by.
A New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri). I had seen these on a previous field trip to Wangaloa.
Some more fur seals at Pilot Beach.
Up the hill at Taiaroa Head, a single cormorant flies out to sea.
A spotted shag (a first for me) flies low over the Pacific.
A spotted shag unsuccessfully tries to land on a vertical face at Taiaroa Head.
These two NZ sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) battled for about a half hour when we got to Sandfly Bay.
Sea lion combat at the east end of Sandfly Bay.
A lone sea lion emerges from the surf.
The two subadult males continue to fight (they must have raging testosterone levels).
An old adult sea lion growls at a younger male.
The old male had an impressive yawn.
The view east along the harbor just after sunset.
The view west towards Dunedin from the peninsula just after sunset.