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Old 01-21-2010, 03:34 AM   #50
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Catlins Coast and Curio Bay

Leaving Catlins YHA and setting off into the mist was not too disagreeable as the road quickly became delightful. Swooping and twisting over and around one hill after another, through dew-laden trees. Every time the road climbed above 400 feet, I was in the cloud again.

Eventually, the Southern Scenic Route reached the coast and the sun broke through. I passed a number of estuaries, coastal marshes and beaches, which would be a bird-watching heaven.

I turned off for curio bay, where there is a petrified forest, exposed by wave erosion. The same area is home to the very rare Hoiho or Yellow-eyed Penguin but I did not see any of them.

Pretty sure these are Australian Black Swans but they were too far away to identify properly. This picture was taken at maximum zoom:
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