On an organised trip to the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, we went to look at Yellow-eyed penguins coming to shore early in the evening. Yellow-eyed penguins (Maori name ‘Hoiho’) are a rare and endangered species of penguins native to New Zealand. I think they are absolutely amazing and unlike any other penguins I’d seen before. Their eyes are actually yellow, not just the stripe around their eyes. This particular penguin was actually quite far from shore. I used maximum magnification on my camera for this shot, so I wasn’t as close to the penguin as this photo might suggest (I kept my respectful distance as to not disturb them). 🙂
Have you ever seen a Yellow-eyed penguin?