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Kea on Avalanche Peak
A kea (New Zealand's endemic mountain parrot) against the backdrop of the Arthur's Pass peaks. These birds are curious and entertaining, as long as they don't get a hold of any of your gear! Photo by Howie Silleck, from the summit of Avalanche Peak, March 28, 2006.

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awilsondcKea want a cracker?

awilsondc

Voted 10/10

Very nice shot!!!
Posted Apr 13, 2006 1:44 am

hhsilleckThanks!

hhsilleck

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This bird was quite a personality!
Posted Apr 13, 2006 5:47 pm

Zac FinleyThis..

Zac Finley

Voted 10/10

is awesome!
Posted May 2, 2006 12:06 am

hhsilleckRe: This..

hhsilleck

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Thanks Zac!
Posted May 2, 2006 7:50 pm

hhsilleckRe: Neat little parrot

hhsilleck

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Thanks Ariel - they are neat little creatures!
Cheers,
Howie
Posted Sep 7, 2006 12:28 am

Rick BSo New Zealand!

Rick B

Voted 10/10

This is such a good shot, makes me want to go back. One question, the Kea's on your photos have a partly orange beak, whereas all the Kea's I saw had black beaks. Are they of the same species? Does it mean anything like whether it's a male of female? Just wondering... They look pretty different because of this little detail, it's also around the eye..


Cheers,

Rick
Posted Feb 16, 2007 4:13 pm

hhsilleckRe: So New Zealand!

hhsilleck

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Hey Rick - Thanks for your kind words. I took a look at my other Kea pictures from other spots around the South Island, and they all had the bit of orange on their beaks as well. Do you have a picture posted of one of the black beak keas? I'd love to see it.
Cheers,
Howie
Posted Feb 16, 2007 5:46 pm

Rick BRe: So New Zealand!

Rick B

Voted 10/10

Hey Howie,

There's one on Summitpost, and I have a close-up on my own homepage (in dutch though). I think they look really different, even if it's such a subtle difference. Might also be the 'haircut' of the one on your photo :-)

Cheers,

Rick
Posted Feb 17, 2007 12:54 pm

Rick BRe: So New Zealand!

Rick B

Voted 10/10

Hey Howie, somebody explained it to me today: the yellow faced ones are young birds, as the get older they turn black.

Cheers,

Rick
Posted Apr 5, 2007 3:13 pm

hhsilleckRe: So New Zealand!

hhsilleck

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Hey - good detective work! Thanks for letting me know!

Cheers,
Howie
Posted Apr 8, 2007 4:37 pm

Marija JokanovicGreat ..

Marija Jokanovic

Voted 10/10

shoot.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 1:49 pm

Brian JenkinsNice shot

Brian Jenkins

Voted 10/10

Do you recall what direction this is looking towards? Is that Lyell and Bealey in the distance or are they the other way. (I'm headed there in two weeks and was looking to do this climb and combine it with others on the ridge and was looking for beta shots.)
Thanks,
Brian
Posted Jan 18, 2008 4:05 pm

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hhsilleckSubmitted by hhsilleck
on Apr 12, 2006 8:29 pm

Image ID: 187727
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Lat/Lon: 42.54°S / 171.35001°E
Object Title: Kea on Avalanche Peak

Image Type(s): Hiking, Wildlife