Welcome to a series of posts capturing the miscellaneous birds I photograph during our adventures!
Other birds will be included in our regular posts and won’t be duplicated here. Also, these are not always the most stunning photographs – often it’s just something good enough to identify the species.
We’ve seen a number of beautiful birds on our trip so far. A few facts about some of them:
- The Common Myna was spotted in the Tahiti airport. The Common Myna was declared one of the world’s most invasive species and poses a serious threat to the ecosystems where it invades.
- The New Zealand Pigeon is the size, literally, of a chicken. This bird scared the bejeezus out of us when s/he flew out of a nearby tree during a hike. Its absurd size and labored flapping make quite the spectacle.
- The New Zealand Falcon is considered near threatened, and is the only remaining bird of prey endemic to New Zealand. This particular falcon was nesting in the cliffs on the way to Doubtful Sound.
- The Bar-tailed Godwit makes an amazing migration – the longest of any bird. The Godwit travels from Alaska to New Zealand, and holds the record for the longest nonstop bird migration ever recorded. The record was recorded in 2007 when one of the tracked Godwits flew 7,145 miles in 9 days, from Alaska to New Zealand, without stopping for food or water along the way.