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Copyright: Nicki Mora (greychick) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 103] (625)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 12:36
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Points: 6
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Yesterday we went out as a family to have a day in the snow and we met these beautiful birds, who were more than happy the pose. The white, white snow, has ment this shot looks like it could have been in a studio lol. I was so excited when I saw it. i hope you like it.


The Kea is undoubtedly New Zealand's clown of the parrot world as nearly every skier and tramper in the South Island will testify. Measuring around 48cm in length (approximately the same size as a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo), the Kea is typical of the New Zealand parrots in that it does not have any bright colouration as can be seen on the Australian parrots.
They are not sexually dimorphic however the hens have a slightly smaller beak which is also less curved. Young Keas closely resemble the adults except they have a pale yellow cere and lower mandible.
There are no recorded subspecies of the Kea although it appears to have once inhabited the North Island and the Chatham Islands.

The Kea is principally a mountain bird being found from around 600-2000m above sea level, throughout the South Island from Marlborough/Nelson down to Fiordland.
During winter the Keas tend to spend most of their time at the lower altitudes where food is more plentiful but in spring and autumn they move up into the sub-alpine scrub and grassland to feed on seasonal fruit and berries.

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To Evelynn: thanks and yep have cropped the original I havegreychick 1 08-18 18:18
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amazing contrast bewt the bird and the snow, TFS Ori

I am surprised that you didn't use spot metering because your bird is perfectly exposed while the snow is overexposed. It is a neat effect. You might even clone/crop out the two blue spots at the top...I think it is even better. Your Kea is quite a beautifully patterned bird.

Evelynn : )

Bonjour Nicki,
Très belle maitrise de la lumière afin de valoriser la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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