Takahe close-up

Takahe close-up

The Takahe was thought to be yet another extint species in New Zealand, until a small group was found in the remote Murchison Mountains in Fiordland. There is a small breeding station at the Wildlife Center near Te Anau, and I passed by as I was walking back to Te Anau after the last leg of the Kepler Track. Funny looking creatures! Quoting the New Zealand Department of Conservation:
This unique bird, the largest living member of the rail family, was once thought to be extinct. There were only four recorded sightings of takahē last century and then none were seen until 1948. In that year a few pairs were rediscovered in the alpine tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland.
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on Apr 24, 2011 12:20 am
Image Type(s): Hiking,  Wildlife
Image ID: 711538


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ojo - May 5, 2011 5:59 am - Voted 10/10

Good zoom?

or did you get up close? How are you plans for Peru going? Is it this month? cheers jane


rgg - May 13, 2011 6:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good zoom?

When travelling, I only carry a small, simple digital camera. My pack is heavy enough without big camera equipment! Sometimes that means I can´t make the shot I want, but in this case, it was easy, because as I wrote above, these were in a breeding station, so I just hugged the fence of their cage and took pictures.

As for Peru, and I´m in Arequipa right now. Saludos, Rob :)

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