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Another familiar sight on the Kepler Track is New Zealand's mountain parrot, the Kea. Under their dull green coat they sport a beautiful array of rainbow colored feathers. They are notoriously curious for anything that has to do with humans. And it's a destructive curiousity: they'll tear anything apart they can get their claws on. Don't leave your shoes outside the hut... As soon as they (there were 2) spotted us high on the ridge they came sailing up from the rainforest far below.

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DudeThatMustHurtpretty cool!

DudeThatMustHurt

Voted 10/10

amazing it let you get so close, great photo
Posted Jul 16, 2006 11:41 pm

Rick BRe: pretty cool!

Rick B

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the comment! Ah well it's not that it let me get so close, it came so close itself. We were just sitting there enjoying the view. As I said in the caption, they are damn curious bastards :-)

Cheers,

Rick
Posted Jul 18, 2006 7:07 pm

AndinistalocoNormally

Andinistaloco

Voted 10/10

I don't vote on the animal or plant shots, but this one's just too damn cool to ignore. Great picture!
Posted Mar 12, 2007 9:15 pm

Rick BRe: Normally

Rick B

Hasn't voted

Thanks for stopping by, I'm sure the Kea would appreciate your vote. They are very cool birds, but be sure to watch your gear.

Cheers,

Rick
Posted Mar 15, 2007 9:34 pm

hiltrud.liuBeautiful!

hiltrud.liu

Voted 10/10

Nice picture!
Cheers, Hiltrud
Posted Apr 29, 2007 2:30 pm

Rick BRe: Beautiful!

Rick B

Hasn't voted

Hello Hiltrud, thank you for all the nice comments to my photos, I'm glad you enjoy them. I will send you the UFO panorama soon, I had forgotten about it again.

Cheers,

Rick
Posted May 1, 2007 10:10 am

ktnbsGood shot

ktnbs

Hasn't voted

the cheeky bird. Hey, if you can, check out one of placing award winning photo shot in the New Zealand Alpine Clubs, Climber magazine, last issue. A serendipitous shot on Avalanche Peak catching a Kea rising with wings spread....the colours are superb.
Posted Dec 11, 2008 10:26 pm

Rick BRe: Good shot

Rick B

Hasn't voted

Ha yes, I also almost caught one with his wings spread out, if it wasn't for the bloody autofocus that took forever!! Nearly threw my camera into the abyss in frustration. I'll see if I can find the kea shot you mentioned.

Cheers,

Rick
Posted Dec 12, 2008 5:38 am

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Rick BSubmitted by Rick B
on Jul 15, 2006 10:13 pm

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Object Title: Kea

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