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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DudeThatMustHurt - Jul 16, 2006 11:41 pm - Voted 10/10

pretty cool!

amazing it let you get so close, great photo

Rick B

Rick B - Jul 18, 2006 7:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: pretty cool!

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 :-)




Andinistaloco - Mar 12, 2007 9:15 pm - 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!

Rick B

Rick B - Mar 15, 2007 9:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Normally

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.




hiltrud.liu - Apr 29, 2007 2:30 pm - Voted 10/10


Nice picture!
Cheers, Hiltrud

Rick B

Rick B - May 1, 2007 10:10 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful!

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.




ktnbs - Dec 11, 2008 10:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Good shot

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.

Rick B

Rick B - Dec 12, 2008 5:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Good shot

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.



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