Well my camera definitely doesn’t take nights shots at all well. These were the best ones, and I’ve edited them.
The girls and me went to Taiaroa Head at sunset on our Christmas holiday to see the blue penguins at night. There were over 300 penguins that night making their way up the beach to their mate and to their chicks. They wait till about half an hour after sunset till they come in making sure that there are no predators about; there was a seal jumping around the sea that night. They started arriving about 10 pm and came in in groups for about half an hour.
They’re about 30 cm tall; not much bigger than the seagull in the last photo. It’s well worth the trip (a trust runs a guided tour, but all profit goes directly back into saving the penguins – http://www.bluepenguins.co.nz/). You can read more about the penguins here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Penguin.