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    Talking Kiwi Hunt in New Zealand- UPDATE

    Hi everybody,
    you might have realized that I was absent for a while
    (and will be again, soon....)

    Well, I am grateful that a few souls have missed me....


    Well, the spring has begin, and with it the breeding season
    of the birds here in NZ.
    I do a Masters Degree here on Wildlife Health in Native Songbirds,
    and so I have been in Auckland last week on a conference--
    but, YAY!, I have been able to visit the amazing Tiritiri Matangi
    wildlife reserve there (if there is a paradise for birds, its there!
    and it is also a paradise for bird lovers, because the birds
    are so curious and cheeky...bird spotting is NO challenge there,
    the birds spot you and come!).
    I also was collecting samples this week down in Wellington
    in the Kaori Wildlife sanctuary, what is equaly amazing.
    Although the weather was horrible, with storm and
    heavy rain (what cant stop a deticated person like me....),
    the bird were out an about....

    so I stop talking now and just say--
    ENJOY!

    Sorry, this will be VERY picture heavy....




    A Tui feeding off a Kowhai tree



    A Kaka (relatives to the famous Kea which life in the forest)









    North Island Robin



    An endangered ancient Tuatara lizard





    An Auckland Tree weta



    Beach on Tiritiri Matangi



    Bellbird









    A male Hihi, like Tui and Bellbird a Nectar-eater



    here you can see the "whiskers" the Hihi have, they need
    them for feeling when they feed from flowers







    This is one of the feeders which supplies the Hihi with nectar



    Thats just me



    Awesome! Just when I entered the forest, I was greeted by
    a pair of the rare Kokako!





    Kokako are waddlebirds, and this is why:





    This is the first good picture I have taken of a North Island Saddleback.
    Normally, they are VERY fast hopping around, and pictures
    you try to take of them normally look like this:





    I wonder what this little guy is doing....




    The famous Takahe!





    My favorites and study objects--
    the fierce and aggressive fighters, the Tui!






    Favorite food--
    nectar from Kowhai flowers!





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    Dear Alex, in memory Axolotls rock!
    Missing you, Waiata...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    WOW! That was a lot of pictures.

    Great Pics! You really caught the beauty in each of those birds!

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Wow... that takehe is amazing! LOL I thought he had a yellow/green plume on his head... than I saw it was just trees.... He's got a lot of leg bands on, doesn't he? I also noticed a Hihi with three leg bands on.... what do they mean?


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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Thank you!
    And the great thing is--
    they are so curious and cheeky in these wildlife reserves,
    it is not difficult at all so get close and take pictures!
    "There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said- NO. But somehow we missed it." (Samuel Beckett)


    Dear Alex, in memory Axolotls rock!
    Missing you, Waiata...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Well, the Takahe has a blue-green metallic plumage
    and a fire red beak.
    All these birds are endangered and closely watched and cared
    for--
    there is less than 200 Takahe left in NZ.
    This is why they have this many leg bands....

    The leg bands indentify an individual bird.
    The Hihi has many coloured leg bands so you
    can identify each individual when seeing it in the bush.
    Hihi are also extinct on the mainland and only
    survive in special reserves without predatory
    mammals like rats, cats and mustelids.
    "There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said- NO. But somehow we missed it." (Samuel Beckett)


    Dear Alex, in memory Axolotls rock!
    Missing you, Waiata...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Great stuff, Ellen.

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    absolutely awesome....!
    ellen please say you have more..

    regards
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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Yes, Matty, of course I have more...
    I just thought they might be boring after a while,
    thats why I only posted the few...

    Aynway...
    Here is a pair of brown teal.
    They are an endangered NZ duck species



    (you have to know they are special, otherwise you could
    just think they are ordinary mallards)



    Bellbird (right) and Hihi (left) sitting next to each other.
    Normally, the bigger and more aggressive Bellbird chase
    the Hihi away



    A Pukeko, the little relatives of the Takahe



    Takahe






    Another Kaka- picture....
    "There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said- NO. But somehow we missed it." (Samuel Beckett)


    Dear Alex, in memory Axolotls rock!
    Missing you, Waiata...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    i love seeing all these pics! i feel ashamed that i am a kiwi and havent seen all these birds! i have studied most of them in bio though! LOL

    good old takahe! *it was in my exam last yera *

    great pics! keen for more!!!

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Great pics Ellen...what a wonderful place that must be...I know I would need a bucket load of extra batteries for my camera...I would go crazy there...thanks so much for posting those.
    Oh...and if you have any more...SHOW 'EM...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Yay, birdies! <3

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Very unusual birds - which I like!

    They look so cool... seems like you had a great time there .

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Thanks all!
    I will post more pics when I am out again and had a chance
    to chase a few more birds....
    "There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said- NO. But somehow we missed it." (Samuel Beckett)


    Dear Alex, in memory Axolotls rock!
    Missing you, Waiata...

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Ah Ellen -
    I'm sorry I haven't responded yet...
    But I'm here now!

    I think the bellbirds would have to be my favorite
    They look so cute and so puffy!


    The Pukeko and the Takahe look very similar...I guess the whole 'being relatives' thing explains it
    Is there a signifigant difference between them? Or is it really just the size?? (I'm exhausted missy, so if I'm blind again I sincerely apologize! ) Are their beaks different? Kinda looks like it through the blurs...

    You said you were collecting samples? I'm blanking as to what you told me they are...I think you said to see what they actually might have? (Like worms or something) If I'm wrong, please enlighten Your work interests me

    There.

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    Re: NZ Native Birds (MASSIVE pictures)

    Love your pictures!

    Always very interesting to see birds from other countries. Keep them coming!

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