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I Didn't Steal Anything !

I Didn't Steal Anything !
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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: 2008-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-29 6:37
Viewed: 4410
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided to post this shot taken back in November of last year because of a news item on TV here today.

Yesterday a Kea stole a Milford mans passport and made off into the forest with it.
The passport was being couriered down to Milford from Wellington in a bus,which stopped at 'The Chasm',a popular tourist spot on the Milford Road.
presumably,the luggage door was opened to allow tourists to get their cameras to photograph the scenery and cheeky Keas.
It seems that one of the Kea couldn't resist the brightly coloured package,and decided it was a 'must have' item.
Its possible the poor man may never see his passport again .... on the other hand,someone could wander into the forest and find it tomorrow,but that snot too likely,considering the steep rugged terrain in that particular area.

Kea are notorious for their inquisitiveness and destructiveness. Cars left unwatched at mountain lookouts can expect to have their windscreen wiper blades and rubber window seals stripped if they are left unattended for too long.

All my previous posts of Keas have been accompanied by lengthy Wiki excepts about the species.
This time I think the story and the picture suffice.

Actually, I think this young Kea is just having a yawn really, but lets pretend he's denying the passport theft : )

Thanks for looking,and reading.


pvs, zetu, ramthakur, oanaotilia, Argus, boreocypriensis, PeterZ, jconceicao, jaycee, Dis. Ac., albert has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-29 6:46]

Hi Steve,

A nice capture and a funny story,if I will ever visit new zealand I will remember to hide my passport,the capture is a nice one well composed wit good detail,thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-29 7:05]

Hello Steve
Nice capture. You take this photo with low POV and excellent details. Natural colors too.

Hello Esteve,

Peculiar history, causes laughter to me. Good photo, you have luck of being able to appreciate these peculiar animals live. I send my better desires to you, than you follow well!



I remember you showed us this naughty bird earlier also, Steve.
Kea is an interesting looking bird; as a matter of fact, it is a species unto itself, in my opinion.
This is a very nice picture from your archive and you have given it a funny caption.
I enjoyed reading your note too.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-29 8:11]

Nice one from your archives Steve!
These Keas are great birds, even if they are a bit too successful in using the presence of H. sapiens!
I like the way you took this rascal with his mouth open: we don't believe a word of what he says!
Thanks and have a good WE,

Haha:) very lovely pose Steve! She is seems lazy:)
Perfectly captured moment indeed.
TFS and cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-29 13:11]

Hello Steve,
Very beautiful photo in an excellent composition and pose of the Kea. Good sharpness, details and natural colours in a great surroundings. Nice story!
Have a good weekend,

Hello Steve,

Fantastic photo of this interesting bird.
Colours,light and focus are excellent..
Good notes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-29 16:51]

Hi Steve,

Great picture and great story! When I was in New Zealand our tour guide told us many stories of the antics of the Kea. We were very careful when we got off the bus to take pictures of one. Great shot with a wonderful facial expression. Natural colors and excellent details. I love the pose on the rock.


Hi Steve,

an nice capture from this bird that I know from the zoo.
Good pov, dof and with fine colours.
Maybe I'll come back.


Hello Steve,
A great capture and interesting story !!!
Have a nice W-E
PS:I hope to be back home ,and on TN, soon

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-30 16:13]

Hi Lord,
yes i read the news.
this one did not steal anything but he just steal the show. Very beautiful capture with the use of good light and the textures fethers.
lovely pose for us.


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