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I used to be extinct!

I used to be extinct!
Photo Information
Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-06 0:50
Viewed: 4744
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This remarkable bird is a Takahe, a native of New Zealand. It is the size of a small turkey or very large hen. It is totally flightless. Takahes were thought to be extinct but a small colony was found in 1948 and since then the birds have been closely guarded and encouraged to breed. There are a few on Kapiti Island which is just north of Wellington. This island has been restored to its native state - no humans, rodents, possums - so that native bird and plant species can thrive. It is open to restricted numbers of visitors. These are grass eating birds and it took a while to see enough of it over the thick tussock grass to get a clear image.

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Hi John,
Excellent shot. very well composed. Good POV and the sharpeness is spot on. Very vibrant and very interesting note. Well done, and TFS,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-06 1:59]

Amazing bird, John. Very interesting-looking. Sharpness is spot on. I like the hints of blue on the feathers that look like fur. You are very lucky to have seen one in the flesh. Great job and TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-06 5:17]

Wow John you took this on Kapiti Island; what a great experience for you to go there and see these birds. They have an amazing history, and it is so good to know that they are not 'extinct' any more.
It looks very much like the Pukeko does, but larger. Excellent capture, colours and details are all very sharp. Well done, thank you...

Hi John

Well done on this shot. Nicely composed. Good sharpness and clarity. No nits here. TFS.

Hi John,
a very nice shot of this beautiful bird.
The plumage is very nice with in shimmering blue tones.
Well composed and good details.
Very well done.

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