Kea bird NZ
New Zealand Kea photographs and about. The Kea is about the size of a sulphur Crested Cockatoo, up to 50cm. There's not much difference visually between the male and female except the male generally has a more curved beak. The young Kea has a pale yellow lower mandible and cere. They are related to the kaka (Nestor meridionalis)
My First North Island Kokako (Callaeas cinerea)
This was the first bird I saw (apart from a kingfisher on the shoreline) on my first day on Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary, so I was chuffed as this was my target bird on my Auckland trip. However I'm not quite happy with the light on the grey feathers. I didn't use flash for this one as it was near the coastline. I used flash on the two other occasions I saw kokako. For my overseas contacts - this bird is not often seen & this one is in the North Island only. They make the most…
Kea in Flight
Elisabeth was working this weekend so I took another drive out to Arthurs Pass and spent a while with the Kea. I was trying to get a shot of the underside of their wings as they are bright orange. It was a very windy day though and they seemed to like running around more than flying. This was one of my favourites from the day.