A different perspective of a pīwakawaka (fantail) in full fan mode! Those tail feathers are just so damn groovy 😍
So after a fair bit of googling, here's a list of just some of the different te reo Māori names for this beloved manu. The names differ regionally between iwi. It seems that pīwakawaka is the most commonly used Māori name, based on what I could find online.
My last tui shot from 2019. Looking forward to seeing them again in spring!
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This kōtare (sacred kingfisher) was on the hunt for crabs at low tide. So fascinating to see how incredibly fast and accurate they are once they've spotted their prey!
I've been learning more about the Te Reo Māori names for ngā manu o Aotearoa, and read about the kōtare on Te Ara - The Encyclopaedia of NZ. Below is something new I learned about the kōtare:
Māori admired kōtare for being like a watchful sentry. The bird perches motionless, then attacks its prey in a sudden blur. The word kōtare sometimes referred to the elevated platform in a pā, used to watch for enemies.
Happy Independence Day America!
The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the contiguous United States due to a number of factors like the use of DDT and poisoning. Populations have since recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. government's list of endangered species in 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the contiguous states on June 28, 2007.
Black Noddy and chick on Lady Elliot Island. It is estimated that there were 100,000 birds nestling on Lady Elliot Island, and a majority of them were Black Noddies. It was a phenomenal experience to spend several days with so many nesting seabirds!
Finally got a better capture of this amazing looking sea bird the rhinoceros Auklet . He is part of the Puffin family. He rarely comes close enough to shore so this picture is heavily cropped but still so lucky to have seen him. Zoom in to see the amazing details of his markings.
Bridled Terns nest all over Lady Elliot Island, including all of the resort areas. This one was nesting just off of the path between the dining area and our tent-cabin. One nestling liked to hang out underneath the coke machine in the dive shop. Another pair were nesting under the stairs leading up to our bathroom/shower building, and you'd almost have to ask them permission to get by!