4 Fiordland Feathered Friends | Birdlover's Paradise

December 02, 2016

I've just returned from hiking in New Zealand's stunning Fiordland and was struck not only by the soaring mountains, thunderous waterfalls and verdant bushland but by the birdlife. My feathered friends in Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud, not only impress visually, but are adept musicians as well. Complete wonders of nature. Here are 4 of my favourite encounters.
Clockwise from top left:
Fiordland Crested Penguins of which there are only 2000 left in the wild, are nimble rock-hoppers with funky dance moves who mate for life and take turns hatching their young. Respect to their gender equality; image via @Pinterest
Tui - also know as the Parson Bird due to white feather tufts at the neck contrasting black cloak-like feathers, is the largest member of the honeyeater family. Their population has benefitted from the introduction of flowering and fruity plants, clearly on the sweet tooth spectrum; image via @Pinterest
Fantail - also known as Piwakawaka, weave moss, dried and rotten wood, hair, grass and ferns together with cobwebs to create their nests. They are inquisitive and approach onlookers without apparent fear and dine on moths, flies, beetles and spiders; image via @Pinterest

Kea - these mountain parrots are troublesome thieves who prey on all items of clothing, chew hiking boots and run wildly across your hut's tin rooftop all night squawking with glee, but my how their cheekiness and feathers delight; image via @Pinterest

 




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