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This female Tui is one of a pair that nest annually in our large Totara tree
only metres from our back deck. She is quite a bit smaller than her mate
( Mr Nasty or the Dark Assassin !) They are actually becoming very territorial at the moment and chasing the other birds away. Obviously nesting is not far away with spring looming.
The Tui is slightly larger than the Blackbird and has disctinctive plumage of irridescent green and blue, beautiful in strong sunlight but in shade they look black. The ruff around their neck is quite noticeable hence their other name. the Parson bird. The bird in the photograph was taken early in the morning while it was quite cold and her plumage is fluffed up like a fur coat.
Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Panasonic- LUMIX, GH2 at 300mm, 100×300 lens, 1/20, f/13, iso 1250.
From a single RAW image.