Kea (Nestor notabilis) • Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

in #birds2 years ago

“A small group of keas were out in the rain on our way to Milford Sound, so Jay and I stopped to observe them for awhile. They are as curious as their reputation tells and it didn’t take long for one to hop on our car. This one was caught just before taking off. When their wings open they become a very colorful bird.”

photo by Jozef K. Richards @jozefkrichards

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we also saw a couple on the Franz Joseph Glacier... they are apparently as smart as 4or5 year olds
very cool birds

I didn't make it over to Franz Josef, but I hope to on a future trip! Agreed on the kea too, very cool. When they were hopping around near us, I picked up on an awareness from them on the level of a dog or cat at home. They were very with it. Although a five year old, I don't think even my cat and dog are that smart!

Thats what i found about them and what the guide told us. We did the ice climbing trip and they were hopping around us, curious as to what we were doing

Fantastic! Great to see this project get moving with such a unique bird full of personality!

Indeed! It is my favorite New Zealand bird.

Was this with your telephoto lens? It looks so close up!

It was a telephoto, but it was the Sony 55-210mm that I featured in an early blog post rather than the 100-400mm that I usually use. Still helpful, but I was pretty close to these guys.

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