To-And-Fro Like The Waves.... - Pitpit - NZ by AndreaEL
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To-And-Fro Like The Waves.... - Pitpit - NZ by 


Please view large…The Pipit
New Zealand pipits or pīhoihoi (Anthus novaeseelandiae) are lively insect-eating birds that live in open country throughout New Zealand. Similar in appearance to introduced skylarks, they can be distinguished by their constant bobbing action as they run or stand, flicking their long tails. The name pīhoihoi refers to this rapidly repeated to-and-fro movement.
Pipits are a greyer brown than skylarks, and have prominent white eyebrows. They weigh 40 grams and are 19 centimetres long. They mainly eat invertebrates, especially beetles, wasps, flies, spiders, crickets, grubs and other larvae. Beaches are a source of sandhoppers, and seeds form a minor part of their diet….

The habitat for pipits would have increased considerably as forest was cleared, allowing the population to grow. However, their numbers declined in the 20th century, as once-rough pasture became more intensively managed, leaving little cover for nests. Meanwhile, increased use of agricultural insecticides reduced their food supply. Pipits are vulnerable to rats and other predators, especially while nesting. Once thought to be the same species as Richard’s pipit in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, the New Zealand pipit is now considered a distinct endemic New Zealand species. There are four subspecies, one in each of the following regions: North, South and Stewart islands, and nearshore islands, Chatham Islands, Auckland and Campbell Islands, Antipodes Islands. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland Manapouri NZ March 2012

Hey, I’ll Pose! – Pipit

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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Comments

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    What a little cutie. Wonderful capture.

  • Your comments are so very much appreciated, thank you Bunny

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful close up in a wild setting

  • Your comments are so very much appreciated, thank you Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 3 years ago

    Good capture of this little guy

  • Your comments are so very much appreciated, thank you Loree

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Andrea … great background info too .. we have them around the harbour, they are so sweet!

  • Your comments are so very much appreciated, thank you Susie, they sure are sweet.

    – AndreaEL

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago


    2 April 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Andrea

  • Your wonderful kind comment is so very much appreciated, thank you Angie

    – AndreaEL

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture of this little bird and an interesting read !

  • Your wonderful kind comment is so very much appreciated, thank you Trish.

    – AndreaEL

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 3 years ago

    a stunning bird capture

  • Your wonderful kind comment is so very much appreciated, thank you Martina

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

    That’s a sweet little pipit Andrea – he looks so at home on the rocks ! Great capture.

  • Your wonderful kind comment is so very much appreciated, thank you Roy

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Great find and capture of this little bird.

  • Your wonderful kind comment is so very much appreciated, thank you Judy

    – AndreaEL

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