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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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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 0 N: 269] (1599)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-01-28
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-07-10 13:15
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