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Penguins Closeup‏

March 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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When I saw my first penguins at a distance a few days ago near Oamaru, I was thrilled. So imagine my joy Friday at being able to get within a few feet of them at a private beach on the Otago Peninsula, further south on New Zealand’s South Island.

Not only were the penguins close but I also saw more of them, at least a dozen. These yellow eyed penguins are one of the rarest penguins in the world and certainly are one of the most beautiful.

The Maori Call this Penguin the Hoiho Because They are so Noisy

The Maori Call this Penguin the Hoiho Because They are so Noisy

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Mates

Mates

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Another Couple

Another Couple

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The couples are darker than the young penguin on the beach. That’s because they are at different stages of moulting, the guide told me. At either stage, however, yellow eyed penguins are beautiful.

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  • 1 Laurie D // Apr 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    OHHH! I wish I could have seen them!!!!!

    Your photos are so incredible!

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