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New Zealands Alpine Parrot

New Zealands Alpine Parrot
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-08 7:34
Viewed: 3764
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is common in the mountains of New Zealands South Island and feeds on berries,buds,leaves and roots,as well as insects and carrion.They have even been known to attack trapped or injured sheep and lambs.
They are well known for their cheeky impetuousness and their tendency to vandalise cars parked in mountain areas.They will quickly strip the rubber from windscreen wipers and the rubber seals around windows and doors.
Males have longer upper mandibles which are more curved than those of the female.
Keas nest in hollows on the ground,laying 2-4 white egggs on twigs and leaves.
I hope you enjoy this Kea shot.
There are a few more to follow this one.
Cheers, Steve

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Royaldevon: Ooh .... Well I never !LordPotty 2 05-08 10:51
To Fisher: Thanks MilkeLordPotty 1 05-08 10:01
To kristies: Not scaryLordPotty 1 05-08 09:58
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He looks a little scary..
His colours are almost the same as the background. Like the compo of this impressive bird.. !

TFS Greetz Kristy

Wauw, it is beautifull. I really like the colours in this picture! Excellent detail! Are you able to increase the Focal-length of your camera? Maybe to about 150mm? If so, you will be able to increase the DOF, using a low F-number. Great bird, great shot. Compliments Arjuna.

Hi Steve,
Long time
Excellent shot, beautiful
How was the car afterwards. ;)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-08 8:17]

Hello Steve,
This is a brilliant profile of this Kea posing very nicely for you. Great sharpness and I like the way you've captured the beautiful green colours of the plumage. I've seen on the TV how destructive it can be! Nevertheless a very unique and beautiful parrot. Well done!

Hello Steve,
This beautifully coloured bird is so well camourflaged, I am amazeed you managed to spot it! The colour and detail in your shot is really great! Well done!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)
p.s. Why are you called LordPotty?

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-08 11:54]

Hi Steve,
It's a very interesting species for me. Never seen any kinds of parrots in wildlife (we don't have any in Turkey) Very good focus, sharpness and clarity. Hope to see New Zealand in the future, there is so much to explore over there :o)

Hi Steve,
I always love a great shot of a malicious kea. Your results came out fantastic. You should concider trying a lower f-stop to isolate your subject more, you might also like the results you get with a shallower DOF. Wonderful shot and hope to see more of these naughty birds. :)

amazing creature, TFS ori

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-08 12:56]

well it's a nice one Steve,
the pov is good and the capture is great, personal I think that a little bit contrast can made the shot better, farther good photojob here.
gr. jaap

Hi Steve,
Very good iamge; well composed. I like the overall greenish palette.

Hi Steve,
Very interesting bird, good sharpness and form. Well done.

Hello Steve,
This is really interesting bird species. I always wanted to see kea in the wild as in Poland it is possible only in museums. Very good DoF and POV.
TFS and best greetings,

Good pose of the Kea and that terrible bill. Great sharpness, plumage detail and POV.
I think the shot would have been even better if the background was OOF. Not easy to do with a compact camera, but you can blur the background later in Photoshop or similar. I've done this in the workshop.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2007-05-10 0:04]

Hi Steve,

great shot you have here, good sharp details and well exposed.

Hi Steve

This is a fantastic shot of the cheeky Kea, striking a great pose. Very well composed with good clarity and sharpness. :-)

Another beautiful photo... amazing colors.. the bird blends so well with the background. Nice DOF. Lovely detail, I like the single foot that is visible. POV is excellent, and the composition enhances the image. TFS, Mish

hi steve!
nice picture with good sharpness
and fine composition
the background match the bird nice
this is a little rowdy bird:)
well done!

Beautiful image. Excellent clear detail. A real pleasure to view. This is certainly amongst the best Kea images I have viewed so far on this site.

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