The yellow-eyed penguin, or hoiho, chick has just finished feeding has the traces of the regurgitated food around the base of its beak. These penguins are one of the world's rarest and are only found in New Zealand. As they nest in coastal forest, habitat destruction has been the cause of their demise. They breed in small areas on the south-east coast of the South Island, the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin is the most accessible place to see them, and also in New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands. This young penguin is also moulting. The downy 'baby' feathers are going. giving way to the more permanent juvenile feathers. It is after its second moult when it will finally take on the distinctive yellow eye & eye-feathers which give the bird its common English name.
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EstudioChispa (1858) 2013-07-10 15:11
Fantastically crisp close-up, Neil. I am new to shooting birds (a water bowl and a stand of wildflowers in our yard is bringing in many species I hadn't seen before, as we are in an extended drought) and I have been manually focusing, as I have learned the hard way that feathers will tell on you every time if you (or the autofocus) miss the mark. Great bokeh here, too -- f/4.8 on a 170mm focal length. "Open it up!" :-)
The pattern of the moulted down is almost comical, eh?
jhm (134400) 2013-07-12 4:39
I am a great fan of animals generally, bird are always specially.
We see clear these young bird a little bit uncertainly against the world.
Colours, sharpness and clarity are fantastic.
Excellent composition, your presentation are superb.
Very well Done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,