A Yellow-Eyed Penguin, known of course for its distinctive yellow eyes and its pink feet, is a native New Zealand Penguin. It's scientific name is Megadyptes antipodes, and like most penguins, subsists on a diet of meat and fish.
It breeds around the South Island, among other places in New Zealand, and these breeding grounds are a popular tourist destination for people to go and watch these penguins from hideouts, trenches, and tunnels, in their native habitat, interacting with each other.
The Yellow-Eyed Penguin, is the sole surviving species in the genus Megadyptes and these penguins are currently listed as endangered. It is estimated that only about 4,000 of them are left and it is indeed one of the rarest species of penguins in the world. Some scientists believe that this species is the oldest surviving penguin species. The main threats to their survival now is loss of habitat, environmental changes including global warming and climate change, and increased predators.
This penguin, who is on its way to nest, will do so out of sight of other penguins, unlike most species. They come ashore in groups but will then disperse to nest.
Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes, making its way to its nest near the Fossil Forest at Curio Bay, Southern Scenic Route, Catlins, 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/7.1, exposure time of 1/320 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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