The Yellow Eyed Penguin, proper name Megadyptes antipodes, is native to New Zealand. They are named as such because of their yellow eyes and the yellow band around their head. This penguin mostly breeds around the South Island but also in a few other places throughout New Zealand. Many tourists come to the island to see the penguins in their natural habitat and observe them from a close, but safe distance.
These penguins are currently listed as endangered, and it is thought that there are only about 4,000 of them left in the world; out of all the penguin species, these are the rarest. It also might be the oldest species of penguin. The main reasons that they are so endangered is that they keep losing their habitat and they are vulnerable to predators.
For these reasons, a habitat just for these animals like Penguin Place, is so important as it will help preserve the species. Tourists can visit the penguins here but only through guided tours so as not to disturb any more of their habitat.
When the Penguin Place Reserve was established in 1985, there were only 8 breeding pairs of these penguins. In 2006, they counted 19 breeding pairs.
Yellow Eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes, resting in the grass at the Penguin Place Reserve on the Otago Peninsula, Otago, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/800 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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