The Auckland Islands
Enderby and Auckland
Enderby Island is a small island. We were able to hike an 8 kilometer loop along the edges that included most of
the island. This island is one of New Zealand's great success stories. All mammals from rats to cats have been
eradicated and the native plants, bushes, and trees have come back dramatically.
There are numerous Hooker fur seals on the island. Many are very big and can run faster than a human. Unlike
seals in other places, these seals love to come up into the grass where they are hidden. When we visited two
years ago, we had a number of these seals emerge in attack mode. This time we experienced only one attack as it
was early in the season for the males to establish territory. I stood tall holding my hands up and yelled loudly at the
seal so he would think I was bigger and badder than him. Then I backed off keeping direct eye contact and yelling
more whenever he started to approach me again. It worked, and I was complimented by one of the naturalists for
handling the situation correctly.
One interesting
inhabitant of this
island is the red
crowned parakeet.
He lives well in this
very windy and very
cool environment and
we saw many during
our walk around the
island.
The bird which
created the most
excitement was the
flightless snipe
which is a special
species unique to
this island.

Since mammals did
not exist in these
islands or New
Zealand before man
arrived 1000 years
ago, many of the
birds here such as
the snipe lost their
ability to fly.
This little Tom Tit kept us entertained
as we sat waiting for the Zodiac to take
us back to the boat.
My favorite bird on this island was the
Yellow Eyed Penguin, the rarest
penguin in the word. We saw a few
going around the island, but towards
evening we sat around watching for
them to emerge from the ocean
(below).
The yellow eyed penguin
walked up from the beach,
hesitated and went back
into the water but eventually
emerged and walked across
the grassy area to go back
to his nest in the woods
(right).

Unlike most penguins, the
yellow eyed live separately
in their individual burrows
and do not gather in groups.