Hi! I’m Kate, that’s me in the red.
Forgotten Latitudes is a photoblog showcasing some of my favourite images from the 2009 Department of Conservation/Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust research expedition to New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands.
I am a graduate of the zoology and wildlife management programmes at the University of Otago. During the final semester of my studies I was invited to take part in the first-ever comprehensive distribution survey of Yellow-eyed penguins in the Auckland Islands group. While the species had been well studied on Enderby Island, little was known about where else in the island group the birds could be found.
On November 7, 2009 we set off to find out more about these elusive creatures. Our journey lasted a full month aboard a 15m yacht; the weather was fierce and we were at the mercy of the elements. The experience was life-changing.
I refer to the islands as the ‘forgotten latitudes’ because they are one of the least known and least visited parts of New Zealand. To go there is almost like taking a journey back in time. Breath-taking landscapes mix with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, both marine and terrestrial. Historic relics from the Second World War and the shipwreck era of the 1800s give nod to human habitation that has only ever been transitory. This is the realm of the albatross, after all.
So come, join me on a visual exploration one of the last truly wild places on earth, a few small specks of land in the vast ocean between New Zealand and Antarctica.
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~ Kate aka lonealbatross
Team photo courtesy of Rebecca Hiscock, DOC Southland. All other photographs remain property of the author, unless otherwise stated.