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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FIORDLAND CRESTED PENGUIN, PATERSON INLET, STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 11/9/2017

   We can ID this penguin as a Fiordland Crested Penguin by its short, very stout, orange bill; black head and throat with distinctive yellow eyebrow extending back to become a short plume  (see plumes on penguin to left in last photo); whitish cheek patch and dark back and top of flippers.
   The Fiordland Crested Penguin is endemic to New Zealand.   It currently breeds along the southwestern coast of South Island,  as well as on Stewart Island and it's outlying islands. 
   The Fiordland Crested Penguin is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 760.