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Strange Pairings
Photograph by Frans Lanting

Hundreds of miles from the nearest iceberg, a yellow-eyed penguin waddles past forest ferns—one of many oddities that are the norm in New Zealand. Six penguin species thrive in this island nation, home to some of the world’s strangest endemic birds. It ranks as a biodiversity hotspot due to threats to native plants and animals from introduced mammals, human encroachment, and habitat destruction. One example: Studies suggest that New Zealand’s forests have shrunk about 80 percent from what they once were.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon
Film Type: Ektachrome
Lens: 100mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Dark
Lighting Techniques: Fill-in flash

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