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Alpine Parrot

Alpine Parrot
Photo Information
Copyright: Michael Napoleon (menapole) (38)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C-730UZ, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: New Zealand Contiki Tour
Theme(s): Birds Of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-10 18:38
Viewed: 5156
Points: 6
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This Alpine Parrot was in the car park at the Fox Glacier. I guess you could say he was begging for food.
The live mainly in alpine zone, but also in forest and descends to lowland river flats. Common in Mount Cook, Arthurs Pass and parts of Kahurangi National Park, Nelson Lakes and in some of the ski fields.

Additional Photo Info:
Exposure : 0.00EV
Focal Length : 43.8mm

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It is a pity the background is not so out of focus. The bird is not enough distinct from the background. Next time, choose another background or widen the lens aperture.

Thanks for posting this photo of this interesting subject. I didn't know there was such a creature as an alpine parrot. I learned from your post and the bird is quite pretty as well. I think I might have liked to see him from the side as well but then maybe his "face" wouldn't be as nice.

Hello Michael

This is the New Zealand Kea which is an iteresting charachter. It is well known that the Kea loves anything shiney. It has been known to destroy cars parked in visitor areas while the occupants sight see. While at the Remarkables ski field last year there were 4 or 5 Kea that sat on top of the roof of the cafe while skiers ate lunch and the Kea picked snow from the roof and dropped it on the diners. They are very entertaining. I have included a link below for you. I like your image. POV could have been a bit better but the plumage detail is good. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-11 2:55]

As Pam (Coasties) has said, this is a NZ Kea - a real pest in the bush, and car parks, etc. They damage tents and whatever else gets their fancy, especially rubber around parked car windows and windscreen wipers. Your Kea might look harmless, but watch him. Good colours, thanks for showing him.

Another interest fact about the Kea is it won a intelligence competition a few years back ... Yes its the worlds most intelliget bird !!

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