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The faithful servant, Auckland, New Zealand. by Roy  Massicks

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Photo taken on a rather wet day.
The ferry “Kea” has plied her trade across Auckland’s Waitemata harbour from the downtown business area to Devonport on the North shore of Auckland since 1988 for the Fuller’s ferry company. With a speed of 10.2 knots she was a vast improvement on the old wooden ferries. Mostly taken for granted over the years, but on the comparitively rare instances when something did happened and she was late or did not arrive – but then hey, she’s a lady and that’s a lady’s perogative!

Kea is the large brown and green South Island parrot noted for it’s cheekiness – don’t park your car for too long or your window rubber will have been pulled out and your radio aerial re-designed !
They also love wiper blades….lol !

Fuji HS10 at 52mm, 1/420, f/5, iso 100.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatic pro 4.


  • myraj
    myrajover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and interesting reading Roy. I will goggle Kea and find out more about this cheeky parrot.

  • They are an alpine bird Myra – they hang around places like Queenstown, Milford Sound and the ski slopes. They are keen skiers….lol ! Thank you for your comments, appreciate them. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    Love the pov here Ray..where were you standing?It’s coming straight at ya!!

  • Thanks Jamie, I was standing on the wooden stringer at the head of the wharf that takes all the impact when the skipper misjudges his approach… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    Of course mean Roy…bloody keyboard.Someone moved the O

  • Have you been at the bottle ( turps ) again Jamie ? This is the second time you have called me Ray – go to the back of the class………!?

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    See,then someone stole the “I” as in I mean Roy….Oh I give up.

  • I think it’s the long hours you have been putting in Jamie plus the turps so just keep taking the pills and the ointment… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Great perspective on this capture Roy, and lovely write up thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you Andrea – this was a common scene in my working days and that ferry is still working.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Trust you survived Keas in all forms; kept your footing & your wiper blades. Great pov, & the rainy weather brings out the colors. Now let me proofread this….. you are Roy, & I am I, & yep; it all works.

  • Sheila, you have been reading too many of Jamie’s comments ! You could end up addled too….lol ! Thans for yor mind comments – it’s rubbed off !

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    cracking sot roy kea looks like a powerful piece of work,cheers mike,nice treatment roy!

  • Thank you kindly Mike – she is a common scene on Auckland Harbour. I once had a run in with her female skipper because I had forgotton to put on my navigation lights on the Pilot boat and she reported it to the signal station – instead of a quiet word on my radio which she knew I would be monitoring.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin, thank you also for the favourite. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Great shot Roy.

  • Thank you Sir – appreciate you comments Gary.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 3 years ago

    Your excellent Island-related art has been FEATURED today!
    27May 2011

  • Thank you so much Dayonda – really appreciate it !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Ha & ha! Jamie & I recognized Common Addlement from Day One, I think.

  • Well commented on Sheila….hope Jamie appreciates your humour, we do !

    – Roy Massicks

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