Bottlenose dolphins are common in the Sounds and love to ride our bow wave!

March 2016

We have been absolutely spoilt with AMAZING wildlife and spectacular weather here in the Marlborough Sounds!!

From  the tiny Blue Penguins to large groups of Dusky Dolphins we have certainly enjoyed a variety of wildlife over the past few months.
We have had some amazing swimming expereinces with our dusky dolphins really enjoying the interactions with lots of enthusiastic swimmers singing to them . Bottlenose dolphins have been coming and going and there large cousins the Orca have been here 3 times .
The worlds smallest and rarest oceanic Dolphins, the Hector's, have also been out and about and in the most boisterous of moods with great leaps of excitement upon our approach. 
 
Other species sighted include many a Blue Penguin, eagerly feeding to supply there chicks needs, loads of NZ Fur Seals lazing in the sun on coastal rocks and Rowi Kiwi chicks, released at their temporary home of Motuara Island. Blumine island has also been prolific in birdlife and our new Sunrise Tour is proving popular dropping people ther for a few hours or half a day. You then have the option to go to Motuara so a whole Island day , fantastic .
 
The rare King Shag has been seen roosting on Blumine Island in larger groups of around 10-35 birds and the Orange Fronted Parakeet has eagerly greeted our guests on the Birdwatchers Expedition with a succes rate of 90% . This has been great for bird lovers as it is the only palce in NZ to see them in the wild easily.

Its a wonderful time of year to visit the calm and sheltered Marlborough Sounds. With our talented team of guides and skippers we love getting out on the water and sharing with you our beautiful backyard! Join us as we spread our conservation message and introduce you to the rare and endangered species that call the sounds home! 

 

 

 A very close encounter with the beautiful Dusky Dolphins.
 A very close encounter with the beautiful Dusky Dolphins.
  A new born Bell Bird shows off its new feathers.
  A new born Bell Bird shows off its new feathers.
  Wild Bottlenose Dolphins swimming past the boat.
  Wild Bottlenose Dolphins swimming past the boat.

 

  A very happy group of swimmers after an amazing swim with the Bottlenose Dolphins.
  A very happy group of swimmers after an amazing swim with the Bottlenose Dolphins.
 Spending some time around the boats.
 Spending some time around the boats.
  A juvenile NZ Falcon on the lookout for a meal. 
 
  A juvenile NZ Falcon on the lookout for a meal. 
 

 

  A female Orca swimming past with an 8ft Thresher shark in her mouth. Photograph taken with a zoom lens.
  A female Orca swimming past with an 8ft Thresher shark in her mouth. Photograph taken with a zoom lens.
  Amazing group of Dusky Dolphins.
  Amazing group of Dusky Dolphins.
  Relocating Rowi kiwi.
  Relocating Rowi kiwi.

The Marlborough Sounds are an incredible place and we at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours are always proud to show it off to our guests.

More soon...

 

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