Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata)
During the daylight hours this gorgeous owl often roosts not far above the ground, deep in the rainforest. But they can be very hard to spot! Yasuni National Park, Orellana, Ecuador. June 30, 2007. Digiscoped with a Samsung Digimax V70 through a Swarovski ATS 65 HD with a 20-60x eyepiece and a Swaorvski DCA Zoom.
Tītitipounamu/rifleman - Endemic Native NZ BirdAotearoa/New Zealand's smallest bird, distinguished by its rounded wings, a very short stumpy tail and a fine, slightly upturned bill. The male is bright yellow-green above while the female is streaked dark and light brown and both have whitish underparts. Found in native forests and scrub.
After seven days on the road I finally found one of my target birds, the New Zealand owl (Ruru, Morepork). I disturbed this one when walking through the bush. It flew down a gully so I slid down the bank in pursuit of it (not contemplating how I was going to ascend the slippery slope until I got some images under my belt). Initially it's eyes were very sleepy and half shut, but as I advanced towards it the eyes opened wide especially just before it flew away after the branch I was using to…
North Island saddleback | New Zealand Birds Online
North Island saddleback. Adult in captivity. Orana Wildlife Safari Park, Christchurch, January 2008. Image © Suzi Phillips by Suzi Phillips
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“New Zealand's alpine parrot the Kea (Nestor notabilis) shows its brilliant underwing colours in Arthur's Pass National Park on the South Island. Stunning pic by NZ wildlife photographer Jonathan Harrod https://t.co/2UMpKib4W0”
Artist by Nature: Art and Photography by Mandy Hague, Whakatane.
Last Friday I visited a spot on the river a little further down than my usual post. There was a couple of shags fishing and after I sat down to observe a few more arrived. Two were Little Shags (with white on them) and three were Little Black Shags. The Little Black Shags arrived singly but teamed up to hunt as a group which was interesting to watch. The Little Shags were more independent and one quickly made himself known as the boss and privvy to the best spot on the rock, pushing the…
Kokako fly into spotlight
Kokako expert David Bryden is hosting a two-hour walking tour in the ranges this Saturday, when he will explain recent kokako egg-swapping and restoration programmes.