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I am gonna ruin your car!

I am gonna ruin your car!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S602Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: sAner's New Zealand Tour 2004
Date Submitted: 2005-02-05 5:01
Viewed: 6566
Points: 38
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This Kea was shot by me in terrible weatherconditions. We had just spent the day at Milford Sound, New Zealand and we were lucky enough to sail the MFS with dry weather. When we returned from MFS to Te Anau we crossed the Homer Tunnel and at the other end of this long tunnel it was raining cats and dogs! It was VERY cloudy. We entered a parkingplace to see a marvelous "Chasm". In this parkinglot there was a Kea. A Kea is a kind of parrot and they are extremely noisy and agressive. In fact; they are terrible birds! They do live in the wild but they are not afraid of humans. When you take their picture, they turn their head and look at you with an angry eye. When you don't give them any food, they destroy your car --> see the little picture. Luckily it was not my car, I shot it through the window of our bus. Kea's litteraly strip cars. They strip the rubbers of your windscreen, etc. :) Very funny if it isn't your car!

The Kea I captured was a wild Kea and I like the raindrops which run from his feathers. It was VERY rainy and I was afraid I would kill my camera when I stayed out of the bus for too long.

KEA Nestor notabilis
Size: 46-48cm.
Status: Common.
Range: South Island high country from Marlborough and Nelson to Fiordland. Straying to coastal areas.
Habitat: Native forest and the sub-alpine and alpine zones.
Food: Leaves, buds, fruits, insects and carrion.
Voice: A penetrating and drawn out “keaa” and a variety of softer calls.
Breeding: July-January. Two to four white eggs.
General: Has been persecuted as a sheep killer but there is some doubt as to the extent it attacks healthy animals. A very cheeky bird, this mountain parrot is quite capable of doing damage to your car by pecking all the rubber from around the windows and pulling off windscreen wipers—not to mention what it might do to what you have on your roof rack! Partially protected (may be hunted or killed by an occupier of land only when causing damage on that land).

Janice, liquidsunshine, azulu, Fisher, j_wyatt, pompey, tzeybek, coasties, LCannon, sandpiper2, PDP, Callie, flagman, extramundi, fungiman, AdrianW, manyee, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-05 5:13]

What, rain at Milford Sound - what's new? Good shot of the Kea Pieter. These keas are no joke. They'll damage anything they can, cars, tents, you name it, etc.
I think I would have posted the small shot as a workshop. But still well done.

Interesting shot Pieter,
I didn't realise these birds were so big.
He's probably trying to get into the dry!
Thanks for posting

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-02-05 7:03]

Very interesting shot Pieter. I didn't know that this bird is bad. Colors and sharpness are good. Great note with important informations. Good job.



Pieter, excelent capture and note. I've seen documentaries on the Kea and found it funny when cars were being stripped of it's rubber, winshield wipers, window seals etc.
Well done.


Very interesting bird and you did a great job capturing it in bad conditions.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-05 13:39]

Great shot Pieter, i have had my car ruined by a group of crows, so i know how the owner feels. This one seems to be worse though.
A good story, great colours and texture.
Well captured.

Good note on this distructive bird. Very well known for it's antics and has been used in an insurance company advert. Although they have this 'nasty' streak, they are still stunning to look at and you have captured this beauty well. I agree with you on the rain running down the feathers... very nice and well captured. He has his eye on you, or should I say the shinny camera. He would like to chew that! Nice job and thanks for sharing one of our endemic birds.

Well done Pieter. Nice presentation and good information on a species I'd never even heard off. Well done

You should aver a guilt :-) Maybe he is only playing ;-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-07 4:34]

Great shot Pieter, I've seen these on a television documentary, they are real delinquents! They also filmed them sitting on the back of live sheep and the birds open the skin and peck on the fat around the kidneys :-(.

Good shot and note.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-07 13:27]

Great action shot Pieter, we all know that Kea is a naughty bird... they even came up with an ads in NZ TV, just like what it did to the car you saw. Well done for capture one. :)

Great capture of this weird bird. Lovely textures and colors on the wing. The inset is a bit distracting but it's personal taste. I would have added it as a workshop. Well done.

Hi Pieter
You are giving an honest parrot a bad name - they only do what their nature tells them to do - here in Gauteng, in some of out local parks, the lions puncture the car tyres, and the wild dogs also chew the rubber off the cars - funny as you said, if it is not your car. This is a carnivorous parrot, if I remember correctly, so, maybe he was eying you out as thenext meal.
Under the condition you explain, you did very well. The nits are the POV, understandable from where you were in the bus, the tar road at a backdrop and the overall dull colours. Also, consider mirroring this image, so that you look across the empty space and then onto the subject. Also, rathe post the inset as a WS. But the action in the rain, the pose and postion in the frame and the evil eye he is laying on you, with a little gleam in it, more than make -up for the shortcommings.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-12 14:57]

Pieter, how awful these guys are.

Nice shots, despite the bad weather conditions.

To me, the bird seems a little funny, probably because of its beak.

Great job.

Nice shot, captured the contrast on the feathers very well. Good informative not as usual. Like the action shot in the corner as well.

Pieter, very nice pictures you shared with us lately, I see I missed a lot of nice ones all this days. I chose this one first because I had never seen this bad humored guy, and second, because I had a good time with it. thanks for sharing.

I two have watched these feathered vandals take a liking to cars haha not mine though :) There was a TV documentary made some time back on the worlds most intelligent bird. The kea easly won that record not only this but once a puzzle was learnt another kea only need to see it done to also know.

Good shots! Your experience of the weather roughly mirrored mine, although I ended up spending an extra day in the area to try and go out on the sound when it wasn't raining hard. Luckily I managed it :)

When I was there a film crew were shooting something in the Chasm, and the Keas were up to their usual mischief! The camera dolly had insulating tape marking certain positions on it - so the Keas were busy unsticking the tape and moving it along the track and sticking it back down. I should imagine the camera crew probably had parrot dinners for few days afterwards - assuming they realised what had happened ;)

Anyway, a nice pair of shots - although I'd consider running Shadows/Highlights on the inset image to bring out the shadow detail some more. Nicely done :-D

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-28 13:40]

What an interesting bird. I have never heard of a kea. Despite the bad weather conditions, you have managed to take a great shot. It shows the subtle mixture of the greens and browns in the feathers, which are rendered very crisply. raindrops and all. Thanks.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-12 22:31]

Hello Pieter!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. Sorry for your car ;-)
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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