Tui, do you like my new streaky hairdo........? by Roy  Massicks

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Caught my Tui upside down showing off his hairdo ! Photograph taken from the back deck of our house, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
I believe this seemingly confirmed bachelor may have at last, after two years of watching him, taken a mate. Yesterday, just after I took this photograph I watched him and a smaller Tui on a tree branch to the rear of the cherry trees – he was clucking and singing to the smaller bird. He has never allowed another Tui to share his patch before so I shall continue to watch this romance with interest. Maybe his new streaky hairdo has done the trick or it could be his lovely singing !

Fuji HS10 at 344mm, 1/450, f/5, mode manual, iso 800.
Single RAW image.


tui, cherry tree, back garden, paihia, bay of islands, new zealand


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Roy

  • Thank you Larry.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Wow this is such a beautiful fellow Roy, so pleased you have manged to capture him. Love the flowers and the DOF. Brilliant image.

  • Thank you Andrea, watched him and his new girlfriend this morning singing away together. Will be away in Auckland for two weeks from today. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice Roy, love the color here!

  • Thanks Trever also for the favourite, A tad more light and his colours just light up. Will be off to Auckland for two weeks from today, catch up when I get back. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot Roy.

  • Comment appreciated Gary, I am now off to Auckland for two weeks. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Have an amazing time Roy, and bring back some lovely captures to share.

  • Hope so if weather is kind to me. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 3 years ago

    Have a great time Roy, Take care, Trev

  • Thanks Trev.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    fantastic work!

  • Thank you Charmiene, I keep on trying for the photo I know this bird can give me. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and interesting reading Roy

  • Thank you so much Myra – much appreciated.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...almost 3 years ago

    Lovey shot Roy, l have never seen a bird with feathers like this before, Awesome work.

  • They are beautiful in their colouring Andrew – especially when the light catches them and shows off their irridescent feathers. They are unique to NZ and we can watch them all the time at the moment as the Taiwanese cherries are in flower right outside our bedroom window. I am still waiting for the one-in-a-million shot ! Thank you for your kind comments and the favourite. Roy

    – Roy Massicks

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangeralmost 3 years ago

    It’s got more hair than me,but I can’t balnce like that,Superbly shot Mr Massicks

  • These Tui’s fascinate me – I wait all day to catch them ! Yes they are hairy but the colours in the sun are beautiful.

    – Roy Massicks

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