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I'm The Scout For Today... Tomtit - NZ by AndreaEL
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Our recent trip to Queenstown and a few hours on one of the walks in Glenorchy… We came across some beautiful birds… some of which I had never seen before… The Tomtit, Petroica macrocephala, is a small passerine bird in the family Petroicidae, the Australian robins. It is endemic to the islands of New Zealand, ranging across the main islands as well as several of the outlying islands. It has several other English names as well. There are several sub-species showing considerable variation in plumage and size. The species is not threatened and has adapted to the changes made to New Zealand’s biodiversity.
Tomtit – NZ

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The Tomtit is one of four species of the genus Petroica found in New Zealand, the ancestors of which having colonised from Australia. The species was once thought to have been descended from the Scarlet Robin, although more recent research has questioned this. It seems likely that there were two colonisation events, with the North Island Robin and the South Island Robin descended from one event and the Black Robin and Tomtit from another. The Tomtit is mostly a insectivore, feeding on small invertebrates such as beetles, caterpillars, spiders, moths, weta, earthworms and flies. Fruit is taken during the winter and autumn. Most subspecies feed in vegetation, waiting on a perch and watching for prey. Insects are also gleaned from branches and leaves. To Maori the miromiro is one of Maui’s birds and is a significant bird, being esteemed with the huia, the royal albatross and white heron. An observant person is spoken of as –“ he karu miromiro” – “having a tomtit eye” and the Maori called tomtits “scouts” or “torotoro” due to their habit of appearing from nowhere in the forest.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Glenorchy Forest Queenstown South Island New Zealand March 2012
Tomtit

FEATURED MARCH 2012

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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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 3 years ago

    Superb capture, Andrea – many thanks for the information on this little fascinating and beautiful little bird – great shot and image x

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Mattie

    – AndreaEL

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Andrea and a lovely little bird. We spent a bit of time in Glenorchy but didn’t see this beauty.

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Ralph. We found a stunning walk about 20min out of Glenorchy, 40min in and 40 min out… the bird life was amazing. I got to see my first little Rifleman. They are so quick though, I got some shots but they are not very clear.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    very cute xx

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 3 years ago

    How cute,Andrea,the first rime i have seen an image of one,well done!

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much for the compliment too Lance

    – AndreaEL

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Andrea
    Love it – A fav.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Colleen

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 3 years ago

    Cute little one, amazing how they can cling to the tree like this.

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Byron.

    – AndreaEL

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    This is a stunning capture Andrea, so endearing,

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Malcolm

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 3 years ago

    such a cute little guy

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Loree

    – AndreaEL

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work
    .

  • Thank you Ann

    – AndreaEL

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Andrea and a lovely little bird.

  • Your kind comments and support are always appreciated… Thank you so much Anna

    – AndreaEL

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