The tide is out at Curio Bay on the South Island of New Zealand and this single Yellow-Eyed Penguin crosses ancient tree stumps to return home to his nest. The landscape never seems to bother the Yellow-Eyed Penguin and on its walk back to its nest, it crosses over some rough terrain without missing a beat.
Curio Bay is where the Yellow-Eyed Penguins nest and a walk back to their home is a daily routine after swimming and feeding all day. As the sun begins to sink across the horizon, each penguin will walk out of the water and up the beach to their nests. They keep a very close watch on the surroundings along the Curio Bay coastline for any strange movements or predators waiting for dinner.
Along the coastline of Curio Bay in New Zealand, there are blind shelters that have been set up for visitors to the area so that they can view these Yellow-Eyed Penguins. These animals are very shy and staying out of sight and being very quiet is the best way to be able to watch them walk along the beach without any disturbing incidents to the animals.
New Zealand is the only place in the world that Yellow-Eyed Penguins are found and they are considered to be the rarest species of penguins. A program has been established that will protect the Yellow-Eyed Penguin in their natural environment to ensure their safety and existence for years to come.
Yellow-Eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes, making its way to its nest across 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/6.3, exposure time of 1/1000 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 360mm.
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