Two Yellow-Eyed Penguins walk up the sandy beach at Roaring Bay on their way home after a long day of feeding as another penguin seems to be determined to cut them off at the path. Whether he decided to take a detour on the beach on his way back to his nesting grounds or just stop for a quick hello to the other Yellow-Eyed Penguins, does not seem to matter as he will eventually make it home for a well deserved sleep.
When these penguins are breeding, they will walk up the beach every evening to their nesting grounds which could be as far as a kilometer away. To capture these penguins as they waddle up the beach is a task in itself as they are very wary of any unusual objects or sounds.
These penguins are only found in New Zealand and are the rarest of all the penguin species which have been put on the threatened animal list. Around Otago, NZ there are about five hundred pairs that breed each year with another fifteen hundred spread out along Auckland, Campbell Islands and Stewart Island.
Roaring Bay in Otago on the South Island of NZ is the ideal place to watch these penguins as they emerge from the water, but silence is essential. Appropriate clothing is needed as the winds can whip through the bay and across the beach making the climate conditions extremely chilly.
August, September, October and November are usually the best months to see the Yellow-Eyed Penguins on the South Island of NZ. They nest in August, lay eggs in September and journey back and forth along the beach daily for a few months after that.
Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Megadyptes antipodes, coming ashore at Roaring Bay near Nugget Point Lighthouse, 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 1/500 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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