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New Zealand offers a huge variety of spectacular wildlife.
By Robert Pimm
Financial Times, November 20 2004
I’ve never been attacked by a penguin before. It’s scarier than you’d think. Close up, the yellow eyes, red beak and ear-piercing shriek are more dramatic than anything in Jurassic Park. Now I know why the Maori call the yellow-eyed penguin Hoiho, or “noise shouter”.
“She’s distressed,” says Tricia, our guide. “We’d better go.”
New Zealand is full of magnificent scenery – but I didn’t get any good Penguin shots – Photo RP
We turn to leave the hide. Everyone’s glaring at the photographer whose noisy auto-rewind spooked the penguin’s chick. He doesn’t notice. He’s too busy grinning at the thought of the images he’s just captured.