New Zealand's South Island | My Family Travels
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Here is a photograph from our South Island tour in January taken on an isolated southern beach.  This is one of the many family adventures we have had in New Zealand. 

These are my two daughters, Eleanor and Ayla, and the bird is a rare yellow-eyed penguin. We believe that it is a juvenile that was more interested in sleeping than posing for photographs.

As the Yellow Eyed Penguin is very rare and not often seen, it is generally very difficult to get a photograph like this. Because the penguin is a juvenile the yellow eye and head markings of the species are not very distinct.

A wildlife officer came to check on it just as we were leaving. He explained that when the juveniles make their first trip to sea, they spend about two weeks away from land before returning. They then stagger up the beach and fall asleep.

It was a good trip, and we managed to get into the mountains, and walk on a glacier, and many other activities.


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