YELLOW-EYED PENGUIN

THREATENED SPECIES  - Runner-up

 

YELLOW-EYED PENGUIN, MEGADYPTES ANTIPODES

STATUS: THREATENED

The yellow-eyed penguin is one of the world’s rarest penguin species with an estimated population of 4000 individuals. This individual had just come out of the water and started its arduous journey up the steep slope towards its nests when I caught it peeking over a boulder.

Otago Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 250, handheld 

by Johan Larson, Queensland