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Posted by
kiwisa (North Shore, New Zealand) on 7 January 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The Kea, the world's only alpine parrot, is a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. They are cheeky and mischevious birds.

Canon EOS 450D 1/320 second F/5.0 ISO 400 160 mm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

When you are big and strong, do not have to worry about anything. So believe in the people.

7 Jan 2013 5:21am

rem_la from Villiers, France

magnifique ce portrait

7 Jan 2013 6:19am

Philnz from Thames, New Zealand

Wow Great photo Lovely focus showing such detail

7 Jan 2013 7:16am

@Philnz: Thanks Phil, Auckland Zoo has a new aviary that you can walk in and they have quite a few kea.

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

perfect shot very nice*****

7 Jan 2013 7:54am

@Melocoton: Thank you very much

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great close up

7 Jan 2013 8:27am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


7 Jan 2013 9:30am

rick from brisbane, Australia

Whoa! Now that's what I call a close-up! I love the detail of the feathers around the bill and the focus of the eyes. (I first saw these as a 17 year old when I climbed up Avalanche Peak in Arthurs Pass.)

7 Jan 2013 10:19am

@rick: Thanks Rick, Auckland Zoo has a new aviary with a number of kea in it. It is great to walk amongst them and these were the first I had ever seen.

outsidersworld from everywhere, Germany

A great find, and close-up. Thanks for the interesting information.

7 Jan 2013 10:30am

@outsidersworld: Thanks for the visit, they are unique to NZ.

CarineB from Paris, France

Great shot , superb focus !!!!!

7 Jan 2013 11:11am

@CarineB: Thanks Carine

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Terrific close-up!

7 Jan 2013 11:34am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful sharp shot, weirdest looking parrot I've ever seen :-)

7 Jan 2013 11:41am

@Curly: Yeah they are not typical parrot type, but when they fly and you see the colours under their wings, they are quite beautiful.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a portrait! Love how close-in you are, and the details are gorgeous. Well done!

7 Jan 2013 11:44am

@Jason Politte: Auckland Zoo has a new aviary that you can walk amongst them, it is an amazing experience. And yes they are very cheeky and get really close to the camera.

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Great close-up

7 Jan 2013 12:09pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ! Superb portrait !

7 Jan 2013 1:34pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Amazing and beautiful ! Great portrait ! Phil

7 Jan 2013 1:38pm

@Phil: Thanks Phil

Truels from Denmark

Beautiful, perfect portrait of this unique bird!

7 Jan 2013 3:21pm

@Truels: Thanks Truels, they are unique and this was my first encounter with them. Very exciting.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Nice image

7 Jan 2013 4:02pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wonderful portrait of this bird Frances

7 Jan 2013 5:06pm

@Doug: Thanks Doug, I was really close to him.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente primer plano de esta ave, muy buena!!

7 Jan 2013 5:43pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel effet ce bec et le rendu sur le plumage fantastique.
Belle soirée

7 Jan 2013 5:54pm

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

Hvae a good day

7 Jan 2013 6:05pm

@Tataze: Thank you

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me. I love this wonderful close up - the bird even has seeds in its beak!

7 Jan 2013 6:54pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Nice macro with a beautiful bokeh to back up the parrot.

7 Jan 2013 8:47pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

I love them - a clever and intuitive bird

7 Jan 2013 9:48pm

@Jules: This is the first I'd seen so was exciting encounter for me.

Emanuel Högberg from Borås, Sweden

WHOA that's excellent!!

7 Jan 2013 10:32pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

very nice, and a interesting pose, good job ☺

8 Jan 2013 4:37am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


8 Jan 2013 10:00am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow! Impressive image!

8 Jan 2013 6:23pm

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Canon EOS 450D
1/320 second
ISO 400
160 mm