Show and tell – kokako.

This kokako sang out in the open for 10 minutes or more.

The Manawahe Kokako Trust held an open day today as part of the annual Bird’s a Plenty Festival. We like people to come see what we do and why we do it and today the birds performed beautifully. Few New Zealanders have seen or heard a kokako in the wild and this is a great opportunity.

Classic male breeding season display, spreading and flapping wings and tail.

There are only around 1500 pairs of kokako or blue wattled crows in the North Island. The South Island bird is quite different with it’s orange wattles and is considered extinct.

Rare and endangered bird nerds watching the display.

I’m going to sneak this post into Lens Artist’s Challenge #114 for this week, negative space. Amy says ‘Negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. This space is empty or unoccupied. Spencer Cox at Photography Life explains, “Photos with high amounts of negative space are: empty, subdued, peaceful, calm, and isolated”.


    • You’re right, Tina, they were. I searched through my files all week and couldn’t find anything for the challenge I hadn’t already used so I was very pleased to get these.


  1. That is a fun terminology “bird nerd”, suits you 🙂 Good capture of the bird, Wendy. One thing about spring is there seems to be more bird life especially the tuis enjoying the kowhai trees which are blooming profusely around our neighbourhood at the moment. Just back from a cycle around Otumoetai with roadside native trees in blossom and where most properties have fruit trees.

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    • Yep, that’s me – a bird nerd. Isn’t it beautiful at this time of the year, birds everywhere. Our kowhai flowers are sparse this year after last years amazing display. But the fruit trees are covered and the birds are all over those too. I don’t mind sharing. 🙂

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