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Juvenile Kea

Juvenile Kea
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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/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 18:21
Viewed: 3978
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a young Kea .... you can tell by the yellow ring around the eye.
These cheeky birds are always waiting in the high mountain passes for unsuspecting tourists to leave their cars unattended .... destruction ensues.
They will vandalise anything they can.
I'v posted a few shots of Kea lately,all accompanied by rather long descriptive notes,so this time,instead of copying them again,here is a link to my last Kea shot and the notes there,should you wish to know more about these naughty alpine parrots.
naughty alpine parrots

Hope you like it.
Thanks for looking.

rcrick, rousettus, eqshannon, jaycee, Dis. Ac., ramthakur, boreocypriensis, red45, haraprasan, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hi Steve,

Nice capture of this young Kea, you can clearly see those wonderful markings in the plumage, and around the eye the detail is excellent and that beak looks pretty powerful and menacing, nice work t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-01-01 18:58]

Hola Steve: Que buena toma la de este Kea, se nota que está joven, excelente acercamiento, color, enfoque y detalles de la especie...es uno de mis favoritos, gracias por compartir y feliz año 2009...saludos.

Hello Steve
Nice to see famous Kea with your great post. Very beautiful young Kea as like its parents. Nicely composed its great portraite against blue sky. good notes.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Good portrait Steve...have you also been doing videos..if so let me know via private...I always love your games people play with insects and such:-) But this one is for your books.....and since we are having such a bad winter...I wonder what may come upon you soon...sooner rather than later for me:-) Good show and Good New Year!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-01 21:23]

Hi Steve,

A beautiful portrait of this young Kea. What a wonderful face he has with that hooked beak and the yellow eye circle. Excellent details and the subtle colors of the feathers are superb. Their behavior reminds me of the problems we have with bears. Can't imagine a bird vandalizing a car!


Hi Steve,

Also an Happy and healthy 2009.
I thought Steve comes with an special one as the Kiwi but no the young Kea.
Nice portrait from this bird that I know from an zoo or naturefilm.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-01 22:24]

Nice close-up of a juvenile Kea Steve.
The sharpness allows us to see the plumage details against a fine blue sky with good light management and the shot is well composed.
Thanks for sharing this,

Yes, I have seen your pictures of this Parrot earlier too, Steve.
In this image, you have presented the bird in portrait form.
The fellow looks cocky and confident. No wonder these birds are aggressive.
The picture is excellent and the sky provides a nice BG.
Thanks and Happy New Year!

Hi My dear friend Steve, a lovely portrait of a baby kea.
TFS and cheers,

Hola Steve,
Una verdadera belleza de especie, Nestor notabilis, no me disgustaría nada verla en directo :o). BUena foto con mucha nitidez.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-02 3:31]
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Hello Steve!

Happy New Year, I hope you'll be more silly and naughty in 2009!

I'm rather dissapointed with your first picture in 2009. This bird looks like bird and nothing more. No claws, bloody fangs, red eyes and action. No Tyranosaurus Rex or at least Sabretooth Tiger... Hmmmm, I hope this Kea is bloodsucker like rabbits from Monty Python :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-02 3:49]

Hello Steve,
Beautiful and sharp-detailed portrait of this young Kea. Great clear colours, good contrasting against the blue sky.
Nice pose and composition.
A Happy and Healthy New Year,

Namastay Steve,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. A nice captured portrait of the beautiful Kea bird. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


hello Steve

very good and sharp picture

i like the bird

greeting lou

Ciao Steve, wonderful portrait with fantastic details and splendid colors,
I like a lot
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009, my friend

Hi Steve,
Perfect species,
Nice color and beatiful.
Harika bir çalışma netlik çok güzel.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-03 5:51]

Hi Steve,
such an excellent shot that depict great clarity in the soft blue sky as the background. the feathers are well seen in superbs details.
the posing is so special and classic making this shot a very pleasant and captivating one.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-05 12:11]

Superb shot, Steve!
The sharpness is great.
Very well composed.
Superb DOF.
Excellent exposure.

Well done,

Hello Steve,
Extraordinary bird for me. Not for you, I guess. Extraordinary through that bill and the overall greenish colors. They look cheeky in a way.
The yellow ring around the eye, indicating its a young bird is very visible in your work.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

Hi Steve,
Nice portrait shot.
Great eye contact, colors, DOF, exposure, and details.
Looks nice with the blue BG too :)
Well done,

Hello Steve.

Excellent image portrait. nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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