Seeing and being so close to this endangered species while photographing from a hide was an unforgettable experience. This penguin came into its roost as the sun was going down and settled in front of us. Its yellow eyes and markings blended beautifully with the grass behind. Capturing this bird opening its bill to show the rasp-like texture of the mouth was a huge thrill.
Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
Canon 5D, 300mm f/4L IS lens, 1/100, f4, ISO 640
Status: The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) is listed as Endangered.by David Stowe, New South Wales