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Yellow-eyed penguin

Megadyptes antipodes


Third largest extant penguin in the world after the Emperor and King penguins. Classified as endangered. It is called Hoiho in Maori which means noise maker.


Coastal forest, scrub and dunes. Southern New Zealand and Sub-Antarctic Islands.


They are pretty shy birds. This one was preening itself in the up in sand dunes in plain sight from the beach. I was able to snap this pic as we walked by quietly.

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Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Congratulations Emma! Your extraordinary spot of the rare Yellow-eyed Penguin was chosen for today's International Penguin Day blog:

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Great picture Emma!

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Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 12, 2013
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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