Megadyptes antipodes

Photograph by Erik Duerr.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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.”