Picture of the Month

October 2010

Yellow-eyed Penguin 


Yellow-eyed Penguin

(Megadyptes antipodes)

Enderby Island, New Zealand


I took this picture nearly twenty years ago, and it has always been one of my favorites. Why? Because it was one of the most magical place I have ever been, in the company of one of the most unusual animals. This penguin is among the rarest on earth, living only in a few isolated locations in New Zealand - in this case in a fairyland forest on one of NZ's many offshore islands. Imagine seeing penguins tiptoeing through this enchanted landscape with the songs of bellbirds and parakeets overhead.

In the end, this picture means something to me because of the power of its story.  For although we think of penguins as polar animals, the startling fact is that most penguin species may never see ice and snow in their entire lives, being creatures more suited to temperate zones like this. At the same time, the picture also challenges our notion that penguins are intensely social, living in massive colonies.  Although some penguins do live this way, Yellow-eyes are solitary birds, living in holes and burrows along remote coastlines.



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Review a previous Picture of the Month:

Harebells in Wind, 9/2010

Coy Polar Bear, 8/2010

Bathing Beauty Bear, 7/2010

Maned Sloth, 6/2010

Sarus Cranes, 5/2010

Black-winged Stilts, 4/2010

Macaque/Gibbons, 3/2010

Cormorants, 2/2010

Silky Sifaka, 12/2009

Amazon Dolphin Polo, 11/2009

Yucatan Bats, 10/2009

Gulls and Flies, 8/2009

Callanish Stones, 7/2009

Amazon Dolphins (2), 6/2009

Golden Langur, 5/2009

Island Foxes, 4/2009

Puget Sound, 3/2009

Border Fence, 2/2009

Amazon Islands, 1/2009

King Penguins, 12/2008

Darwin's Fox, 11/2008

Blacktip Shark, 10/2008

Greenland Fisherman. 9/2008

Ladyslipper Orchids, 7/2008

Wild Cassowary, 6/2008

Painted Hands, 5/2008

Zion Park, 4/2008

Marine Otters, 3/2008

Mt. Hood Sunset, 2/2008

Mountain-Biking, 1/2008

Tent Bats, 12/2007

Nunbird, 11/2007

Alaskan Otters, 10/2007

Amazon Dolphin, 8/2007

Madagascar #2, 6/2007

Baja California, 5/2007

Pelicans, 3/2007

Darien Gap, 2/2007

Grey Whale Calf, 1/2007

Galapagos Sea Lion, 12/2006

Rockhoppers, 11/2006

Hummingbird, 10/2006

Madagascar, 9/2006

Whales, 7/2006

Sea Lions, 5/2006

Tiger, 4/2006

Jaguar, 2/2006

South Georgia, 12/2005

New Generation, 11/2005

Childhood, 9/2005

Penguins, 8/2005

Sea Palms, 7/2005

Aster Flower, 6/2005

Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005

Humpback Whales, 4/2005

Christo GATES , 3/2005

Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005

Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005

Nesting Turtle, 12/2004

Autumn Berries, 10/2004

Costa Rica, 3/2004

Aurora Borealis, 10/2003

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