Megadyptes antipodes

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Photograph by Erik Duerr.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Megadyptes antipodes, yellow-eyed penguin, Sandfly Bay, South Island, New Zealand. Mr. Duerr writes, “The yellow-eyed penguin is probably the world’s rarest (population ~4000) and most ancient (i.e., created slightly before the others on Day 5). It’s IUCN listed as endangered, with habitat degradation and predation by exotic predators among the primary reasons. The photograph actually isn’t great because the light was low and I don’t have the fancy lenses needed for those conditions, but I thought the pathos of a penguin trying to walk up a sand dune was too much to pass up! He persevered through many slides backward.”

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”…a penguin trying to walk up a sand dune…”

Oh - SAND - I thought it was trying to walk up a snow-covered hill.

I thought it was trying to walk up a snow-covered hill.

Sorry - that may be my fault. The photograph was badly underexposed (hence Mr. Duerr’s comment about low light), and I corrected the exposure digitally before I posted it. I did not adjust the color in any way, and I do not know how nearly white the sand actually was.

A penguin that thinks it’s a kiwi?

I knew the Dune sequels would be pathetic.

Glen Davidson

(i.e., created slightly before the others on Day 5).

Citation needed.

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