Morepork, the NZ native owl with a distinctive cry after which it is named. I have been lucky enough to look one of these right in the eye as it perched in a tree. We had a stare off to see who would blink first. He won...

The Morepork, also called The Tasmanian Spotted Owl (Ninox Novaeseelandiae).

New Zealand Falcon / Karearea.   Messenger bird from the spirit world.

The New Zealand Falcon or Kārearea (Falco novaeseelandiae) is New Zealand's only endemic falcon and the only remaining bird of prey endemic to New Zealand. Other common names for the bird are Bush Hawk and Sparrow Hawk

Ruru. Geoff Moon, Morepork arriving with moth, from Focus on New Zealand birds (1960).

Geoff Moon, Morepork arriving with moth, from Focus on New Zealand birds…

New Zealand falcon or kārearea (Falco novaeseelandiae), near threatened

New Zealand falcon or kārearea "saw a young hawk flyin' and my soul began to rise" Thank you Mr Bob Seger

New Zealand Hawk- Oil Pastel

New Zealand Hawk- Oil Pastel

Hawk fight large - New Zealand hawks soar over open country hunting for prey. They often fight over the spoils and in this shot the lower hawk was feeding and flipped over the instant a competitor arrived to defend his prey.

Hawk fight large - New Zealand hawks soar over open country hunting for prey. They often fight over the spoils and in this shot the lower hawk was feeding and flipped over the instant a competitor arrived to defend his prey.

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