Yellow-eyed Penguin
Megadyptes antipodes
The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) lives on parts of South New Zealand and other smaller islands in that part of the world. In December, 2001, I was able to make a brief stop on Enderby Island in the Aukland Island chain of New Zealand. We were fortunate to see a number of Yellow-eyed Penguins and I was able to get a few shots of some of them. The shots here were taken with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 70-200 F/2.8 L lens and a 2X extender on Fuji Velvia. The first photos shows a penguin resting in some grass overlooking the ocean. The next two shots are closer views of this individual.
The next two shots shows a little interaction between three penguins. One of these is apparently a partially leucistic individual, meaning that it lacks some pigment cells in many of its feathers. This is a fairly rare occurrence in penguins, but I have seen a few other individuals of others species like this over the years.
The next two shots show a Yellow-eyed Penguin working its way along a rocky shelf near the edge of the sea.