This post has taken me AGES to complete, but it is finally finished! As I’ve made my way through the native bush of New Zealand this past year, I’ve been luck enough to capture some images of the unique birds that live on these islands. Without any natural predators, the birds of New Zealand dominate (the only native mammal here is a bat about the size of a mouse). And the people of New Zealand take pride in these birds. Heck, they even call themselves Kiwis after the fuzzy, flightless bird that runs around at night. So I want to take you on a journey… to the different regions of New Zealand to discover the unique features and personalities of these birds.
We start our journey in Northland where a very strange noise is coming from above. It sounds like a DJ on a turntable, remixing a combination of clicks, scratches, groans, grunts, and chimes. Is there a party out here in the bush? Nope, it’s just the musically talented Tui bird. Like the Kiwi, Tuis are an icon of New Zealand. They can be found all over and are most well-known for their incredible songs. If you listen to one, it is hard to believe that a single bird is capable of making so many different noises. No surprise then that Tuis come equipped with two voice boxes. So keep your eyes up and ears open for the remix-master Tui.
Give a listen to a Tui here:
Next we make our way to the center of the North Island where we are welcomed by a very sociable bird, the Fantail. Like the name suggests, the tails of these birds open up into a fan…. and they are not afraid to show it. Fantails are extremely friendly, with their ‘cheet cheet’ call and sporadic flying acrobatics. They don’t seem to be afraid of people either; rather, they are quite curious as to what you are doing. And maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get one to pose on your hand like a friendly Fantail did for my friend Kyle.