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Fiordland crested penguin, or tawaki, is one of the rarest of New Zealand’s mainland penguins. Adults stand about 60 centimetres and weigh up to four kilograms.

Their upper parts are coloured dark bluish grey with slightly darker feathers on the head. The sides of the face, chin and throat are dark slate-grey with a broad yellow eyebrow stripe, which splays out and droops down the neck. Juvenile birds have a thinner eyebrow stripe and a white chin and throat

At 30 kilometres north of Haast, a walk leading up to Munro beach took me almost 45 minutes of good walk one way. A right turn towards the rock and sitting down to wait. Unlike yellowd-eye penguin, this Fiordland crested Penguin do not need to wait til evening to come ashore, as long as they have make sure that no threat is around, they will continue playing on the beach.

After 15 minutes of wait, i finally witnessed two penguins swim out of sea and do their routine stuff, dancing, stretching, preening, and checking for predators.

Only then they finally decided to waddle simultaneously (like soldiers marching) together to their hide-out.

Only when i converted my raw file into jpg, i realized that both of these penguins lifted up their right legs together.

And since it was taken at around 2pm, as you can see from the shadow, it was very difficult to see the red eyes.

I wish they continue to breed.

Hope you enjoy it.

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