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N 50 B 517 C 34 E May 16, 2024 F May 18, 2024
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As a young man working in the bush, it teemed with birdlife their calls filling the air with charm.
The North island Cousin to this bird, the Whitehead were in their hundreds flittering through the trees.
Later as a Wildlife Service trainee working with Kakapo and other rarities in the southern island of NZ, these beauties were always there.
Not so today so, so sadly, gone except the memories.
Memories I hold dear in my heart.
Only heavily protected areas still contain them along with offshore sanctuaries.
So it was such a thrill to find them on Ulva Island.
Today much of our bush sits in silence.
Tomorrow I turn 74 so Ive had a wonderful life and even though I become a professional photographer I never began capturing these, my feathered friends and companions for soo long, until the last ten years or so.

N 25 B 296 C 11 E May 14, 2024 F May 15, 2024
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A beautiful bush dweller from Southern New Zealand much reduced in range and number by mans meddling & greed
found in loose flocks similar to its Northern cousin the Whitehead.

N 56 B 677 C 34 E May 4, 2024 F May 10, 2024
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Such gentle, beautiful creatures, it is easy to see how they gained the name of "Sea Swallow ".
As these birds are colony breeders, nesting in vulnerable places such as river beds they have been reduced in number due to displacement by man, predation, especially from cats at breeding sites and pollution.

N 50 B 731 C 42 E Apr 10, 2024 F Apr 13, 2024
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My old favourite that I have possibly photographed more than any other bird.
It concerns me greatly that the spread of Weka a larger cousin is making a hole in the Rail population.
I was slammed for this suggestion a few years back but those same people need come back and do a census now
.Where just two years ago on the grass verge near the Ohiwa boat ramp six or more birds could be found foraging out on the grass beside the swamp on a wet day , sadly now nothing is seen there except the odd Weka.
Weka were once much more widely spread and common and of course so were these birds however a balance was found as it does before man interferes.
Once that balance is gone species disappear very quickly as not only predation becomes more selective, but food source's are unbalanced and and the slide begins downward.

N 54 B 808 C 30 E Apr 6, 2024 F Apr 8, 2024
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A very capable hunter that has taken a liking to domestic pigeons so now often seen close to towns & cities.
If one gets close to a nesting pair be on guard as they will bomb you and rip your scalp open defending their young.
As happened to me a few years back.


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