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South Island kaka, Stewart Island

South Island kaka, Stewart Island
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Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-04 9:07
Viewed: 2982
Points: 2
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A portrait of a South Island kaka - Nestor meridionalis meridionalis - on Stewart Island. The kaka is the forest parrot of New Zealand and has been in decline since European settlement, mainly through the predation of its young by stoats, which were introduced to both the North & South Islands to control rabbits - also introduced. Fortunately stoats where not introduced to Stewart Island so the kaka do well, frequently appearing in the Half Moon Bay settlement looking for berries & other food. Many of the inhabitants put out little troughs of sweetened water which the birds love.

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Hi Neil,
very interesting portrait of this beautiful bird. Excellent point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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