Play fight

THREATENED SPECIES

The New Zealand Sea Lion is an elusive creature, with less than 200 individuals remaining on the mainland. Despite hearing of several places to see them, I had several failed attempts at even catching a glimpse. Finally, my luck changed and I saw a group, including these two playful youngsters, and got this shot.

Catlins, New Zealand

Canon Eos 7D, 100–400mm f/4–5.6L IS lens, 1/320, f6.3, ISO 400, fill flash

Status: The New Zealand Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri) is listed as Vulnerable

by Craig Bullock, New Zealand