Kea - New Zealand - West Coast by AndreaEL

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We came across this Kea speckled with water droplets from the rain on his back. They are incredible to watch in the wild, very intelligent birds.
To survive in the harsh alpine environment kea have become inquisitive and nomadic social birds – characteristics which help kea to find and utilise new food sources. Their inquisitive natures often cause kea to congregate around novel objects and their strong beaks have enormous manipulative power. Kea are a protected species. Kea grow up to 50 cm long and although mostly vegetarian, also enjoy grubs and insects. The kea is related to the forest kaka (Nestor meridionalis) and is thought to have developed its own special characteristics during the last great ice age by using its unusual powers of curiosity in its search for food in a harsh landscape. Nests are usually found among boulders in high altitude forest where the birds lay between two and four eggs during the breeding season from July and January. Kea is rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world.
Fujifilm camera.

Kea – New Zealand – West Coast

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 4 years ago

    This is so Amazing! LOVE!! Excellent Info!!

  • Thanks Rose, I just love them, but they are very mischievous and get themselves into a lot of trouble round here especially on the ski fields.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    nice capture

  • Thank you Lynn.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago
    Yes, they are naughty Andrea just like the Kaka’s of the north. Just love the

    water on the feathers !

  • Thanks Roy, they are naughty, but adorable.

    – AndreaEL

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    August 11, 2010

  • Thanks once again for the feature Teresa, I am filled with gratitude. The Kea is a fascinating bird.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago

    Well done on feature.

  • Thank you Roy much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangeralmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic detail Andrea..well done on your feature,Jamie

  • Thank you so much for your comment and compliment, much appreciated Jamie.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture! Fave for me.

  • Thank you for your comment and for the fave. I appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture. We spent a few hours trying to find one back in April. Lovely to see and apreciate it through your image.:)

  • Thank you so much for your comment, they are beautiful birds and I am glad that you like it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant Andrea. When I first saw it I thought it was light snow falling on him.

  • Thank you Ralph

    – AndreaEL

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 3 years ago

    Happy Halloween
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Thank you.

    – AndreaEL

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