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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos of birds singing [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-07 8:31
Viewed: 5450
Points: 40
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We were on our way by bus to Millford Sound from Te Anau and had a photo stop near the Homer Tunnel. Our timing was perfect because two Kea Parrots suddenly appeared. This one was being quite vocal while the other was busy searching for food.


The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is a species of parrot (family Nestoridae) found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. The Kea is one of the few alpine parrots in the world, and includes carrion in an omnivorous diet consisting mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar and insects. Now uncommon, the Kea was once killed for bounty as it preyed on livestock, especially sheep. It only received full protection in 1986.

Kea are legendary for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective.

Most people only encounter wild Kea at South Island ski areas. The Kea are attracted by the prospect of food scraps. Their curiosity leads them to peck and carry away unguarded items of clothing, or to pry apart rubber parts of cars - to the entertainment and annoyance of human observers. They are often described as "cheeky".

zulfu, maurydv, siggi, xTauruSx, bahadir, CeltickRanger, Luis52, lousat, Dis. Ac., boreocypriensis, LordPotty, MMM, Alex99, yasemin has marked this note useful
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Hello Jane,

Quite intelligent species you shot here, nice view. Have heard about these birds abilities, quite amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, good colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-07 10:12]

Hello Jane, lovely shot of this beautiful kea parrot.
TFS and G's,

Hello jane,
splendid picture of Kea taken in a lovely pose on the rock with good sharpness, very beautiful natural colours, well composed.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-07 10:26]

Hello Jane,
this a very beautiful bird, the pattern in the plumage are amazing and the colours are lovely.
Very good sharpness and good POV.
Best regards Siggi

hello Jane
nice shot of this strange parrot
great composition
and good colours
thanks for sharring my picture
i have special the white post for you
you ask for the white one
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-07 11:01]

Hi Jane,

A good close up of this new bird for me so thanks for posting. You were able to take it in its natural suroundings. With good detail and natural colours. Well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hello Jane, wonderful shot of this parrot with beautiful composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Jane, nicely composed parrot shot. Thanks a lot!

hello Jane

this excellent photo goes directly to one of my themes,
antother beautiful addition of different species of birds
to your bird photo collection, fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, and you clicked the photo
at the best moment, i have a theme for that, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-07 14:35]

Hola Prima.
Nice photo, interesting note. My problems go away each time I can hear a bird singing.
Saludos Jane.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-07 15:13]

Hi Jane,how is curious this bird! I never seen nothing like that and your intelligent point of view help me to understand better this beauty of nature! My best compliments,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Jane,

this I know only from zoo or nature movies.
You have seen him real in nature and photographed with good pov and fine colours.


Hi and Good Morning Sister Jane,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Kea Parrot with lovely pose from nice POV with wonderful details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day!

Hi Jane,
I'm glad you got to see a Kea on your travels.
They are amazing birds to interact with.
I've been lucky to get some great shots of these over the last few years.
The steel rods in your shot are only still there because they are about the only thing,apart from the rock,that the Keas can't destroy.
Cool capture Jane.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-09 2:21]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful kea parrot.
Very good sharpness and good POV.
Best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-09 5:47]

Hi Jane
Nice capture.good low POV.Nice detail and nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-09 8:20]

Hello Jane,
How marvellous to be able to photograph the Kea during your short visit to NZ. This is an opportunity well taken from a fine POV with fine sharpness showing this Kea with his beak open.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-09 9:29]

Hi Jane.
What a cute bird. I like that you managed to catch it and to post here. Scenery is very attractive too. And pictured moment is amazing. Well done. My compliments.

Hi sister
Excellent catch and clear details.... I like pose and you have very good experience about birds which is make us interesting, learning their life.....TFS..

What a dreadful photo. It is so distorted it is difficult to see the beauty of our Alpine Parrot the Kea. So many blind people have given false critiques on this and all this members work. Her stuff is all the same.... rubbish, but she gets high points....... go figure!!!

This site is an absolute joke.

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