Tui on the Flax bush.

Roy  Massicks

Bay of Islands., New Zealand

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I could say this bird came along and completely spoilt that picture of the bee !
Actually, I’ve been after this Tui for two years but unfortunately this year we have had rain co-inciding with the flowering of the flax bush and I only have an hour each day when the light isn’t directly in front of the camera.
So, camera is set on the tripod and left just inside the lounge sliding window. I’m sure my neighbours think I work for the CIA !
The Tui – Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae – from the family Meliphagidae. With a handle like that is it any wonder they are known as the Tui ?
Tui’s are native to New Zealand and are slightly larger than the Blackbird. Males are even larger.
The prominent white tuft at the throat gives it it’s other name the Parson bird. The rest of the bird is otherwise black with a variable metallic sheen.

This is a male and he is very territorial. We quite often see him clearing off other Tui’s from his patch. I am still waiting for ’ THE ’ shot. Last year I though I had it but as they will, he took off just as the shutter clicked. The exposure and lighting were perfect and so was his rear end !

Taken with a Fuji HS10 at 400 mm.
Location – Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

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