Yellow-eyed Penguins (NZ endemic)

The yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho is endemic to New Zealand and much effort is put into trying to look after and protect those that are left – their conservation status is Threatened – Nationally Endangered which means they are facing high risk of extinction in the short term. One bright winter’s day in Dunedin we found this yellow-eyed penguin painted on the wall of a side-alley off George Street. Taken by Nigel in July 2017.


Photos by Michael Scandling

This evening Michael Scandling (California, USA) posted a couple of fabulous photos that he took of these penguins when he visited New Zealand – he took them June 28, 2018. I really recommend that you take a look at his shots:  Michael’s yellow-eyed penguins

Some video-clips

Otago Daily Times:   Mended Penguins Waddle Back To Sea

Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (on Facebook) has a number of videos. Here’s a link to one that I particularly enjoyed watching:  Adult hoiho release

Posted by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. It seems that once again you have enchanted Benjamin, this time it is the Yellow-Eyed Penguin that has captured his heart. I read the post to him and then we followed each of your wonderful links. He listened as I read Michael’s informative post and is amazed that these are the most ancient penguin alive. He is very sad to learn that these too are endangered with about 4000 remaining in New Zealand. We loved the videos of some being returned safely to the wild. Need I say that Benjamin has decided that he now “needs a Yellow-Eyed Penguin like Tut (his Tuatara)”. He has an “adopted” Emperor Penguin from World Wildlife Federation from years ago, but according to Benjamin : “Rory and Tut need a new friend”. We plan to do more searching for information about your unique penguin. Benjamin has instructed me to send you his special “neckbuster hug”! Thank-you x 2!!

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  2. Thank you very much for the link, Liz. I didn’t really want to post this on my blog, because it’s too much of a downer: My understanding is that climate change is warming the waters in such a way that they have to swim further and farther and further out for their meals. There will come a time when they just can’t swim that far.

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    1. I chanced across this photo 2 days ago in an odd place on the computer, sitting on its own. When I saw your post I thought I’d publish it and link to your real penguins.. your photos are really great. (Don’t think I’ve ever seen them myself in the wild).

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      1. I love Duneden street art. I haven’t seen this one. Seeing these magnificent birds in the wild is a close to religious experience. You are so close. Go see them. Just don’t get chased by a juvenile delinquent sea lion in the process.

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  3. Years ago, when I visited NZ, We were thrilled to see 3 Yellow-eyed penguins at the protected area near Dunedin. Our group was about to leave, thinking we would not see any because a big old sea lion was handing around on the beach, when a little fellow popped up out of the water. Then the others followed. It was one of the highlights of our visit.

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    1. What a terrific bird, but endangered like so many other species here on Earth. When sitting on our balcony in Berlin, we can watch minibats at twilight, our latest crazy discovery of city-nature. Cheers @ Ulli

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      1. And, sadly, they’re mostly endangered because of us humans. I love watching bats here too – but haven’t seen any yet this summer. Maybe it’s been too wet.

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        1. Please send some of your rain, here on Berlin actually Sahara feeling again like last summer, too dry and really too hot (37 degrees Celsius). I can not understand why there are still people denying change of climate rapidly ongoing.

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          1. I think some people just don’t want to believe that climate change is happening – but ignoring it won’t make it go away! I’m very glad of the rain because it is usually very dry here and not doubt we’ll be short of water later. 37 degrees is much too hot!!

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