Tui

Posted by
Peter (Warkworth, New Zealand) on 7 May 2019 in Animal & Insect.

The Tui is a nectar feeding bird native to NZ about the size of a mynah. It is claiming our backyard as its territory because the Aloe flower spikes are starting to appear and it wants the abundant nectar for itself. It has been sitting in the Puriri tree near our verandah most days singing. The Tui has an unusual song which consists of sweet notes and phrases interspersed with croaks and cackles; it is an entertaining sound and always welcome through the day. When I took this photo it heard the click (should have turned it off!), gave me a stern look and flew to another tree further away.

Canon EOS 6D 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 400 300 mm

Time to shoot a few snaps but still - Rather short of time at present with study and work but having a look at everyone's splendid images when I can.