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Who has any pics of these ????

Discussion in 'Birds' started by StuSimmo, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Takahe. Apparently only a few hundred left, anyone else got any pics to show ? They didnt seem scared of humans at all !

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  2. Cool looking bird Stu. I have never seen one of those?!?!! Thanks for sharing :D  :D  :D  :D 
     
  3. NeilCam

    NeilCam

    609
    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Stu, I'm getting the redX. Although I can say that I've never taken a picture of a redX and I'm not surprised they're unafraid of humans. However, I'm incredibly surprised there's only a few hundred left. :D 

    Neil
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Stu,

    I'm getting the red X too. This seems to be a common problem for new members that use pbase. There are several threads that describe the problem and the fix.

    Let me know if you can't find any of them and I'll see if I can figure it out again.... :wink:

    Regards,

    Frank
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Yep, can see 'um now. Don't know what they are though.... :roll: Nice shot of cool looking birdies.... 8)

    Frank
     
  6. A DOUBLE RED X OF DEATH!!!! And I thought 1 red X was bad!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  7. NeilCam

    NeilCam

    609
    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Hmmm, they look like a form of Moorhen, but I don't know which species. I didn't think Moorhens were that rare.

    AAHHHhhhhh here we go, it looks like they're Takahē. From http://www.doc.govt.nz/Explore/001~National-Parks/Fiordland-National-Park/index.asp:

    More on this unusual and fascinating bird at http://www.kcc.org.nz/birds/takahe.asp

    Always amazes me how NZ has so many birds that a) walk around and b) aren't particularly worried about the presence of people. Must get there one day. Maybe on my next trip back to Oz.

    Thanks for the shots Stu.

    Neil
     
  8. New Zealand Birds.

    Hi Neil.

    The reason that so many of the birds of NZ are/were flightless was because the continent had NO PREDATORS whatsoever. Consequently the birds lost the need to fly. Then as bloody usual along came Western Man with his Rats - Cats etc and the flightless birds were basically wiped out. However this bird and their famous flightless parrot retreated to the numerous remote uninhabited valleys and gorges and survived to be discovered again, and this time protected, after 1945.
    BW. Bob F.
     
  9. Bob, absolutely correct. The Takahe are very rare and only survive in a few places that are isolated islands run by conservationists (if that is the right word).

    The Island I took these on was Tiritiri Matangi, do a search and have a look. Its about 15 mins by boat from where I live.

    Stu
     
  10. NeilCam

    NeilCam

    609
    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Thanks guys, although I did know the reasons, it still always surprises me. :D 

    Neil
     
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