Kea Show-Off Time! Amazing colour under the wings. I wondered why they bothered to evolve a camouflage exterior colour when there were no mammal predators in NZ. But later I heard of the, now extinct, giant eagle that used to live here. He was like the terra-dactyl of the eagle family apparently. I think I’d wanna be grass coloured too if they were still about.
The local gang of kea put on a good performance for us this morning, as soon as the sun rose up over the ridge they flew up here to soak up it’s rays. The good thing about kea is you don’t have to creep up on them to capture a close-up image, they are more than happy to come to you and pose for the camera! The bad thing about Kea we were about to find out when we returned to camp..