As a Yellow-eyed Penguin comes ashore at the Fossil Forest in Curio Bay, Otago in New Zealand, he stops to scratch himself before continuing back to his nest. This is common behavior from a penguin as once they emerge from the water, they need to scratch as their soft overlapping feathers can take some time to dry.
A very rare penguin, it is considered to be an endangered bird in New Zealand and to watch these penguins as they come ashore, must be done away from the beach and out of sight. If anyone lingers around the beach, the Yellow-eyed Penguin will stay in the water until the coast is clear.
A Yellow-eyed penguin is very quick and can easily escape any predators in the water but when they come ashore, their walking skills become very clumsy. Trying to stay away from predators can be a bit of a chore.
Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes, coming ashore at the Fossil Forest at Curio Bay, Southern Scenic Route, Catlins, Otago, East Coast, South Island, New Zealand.
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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 365mm.
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