Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kiwi bird

I thought folks may like to see what a 'real' Kiwi bird looks like - the feathered variety with long beak rather than the one with the ski-jump nose (or Cape Cod look-a-like, as my 5th form geography teacher once described it).

The Kiwi's the sole survivor of the now-extinct moa - both flightless. If you'd like to read more on the moa, Mike Dickison, a fellow Kiwi at Duke, has an excellent web site.

The shot above was taken on Stewart Island, NZ's 'third island', right below the South Island. My brother-in-law, David, was on a deer hunting trip with a group of mates.

Here's also a shot of a local crayfish (kōura). You don't normally see them this size further up the two islands (the 'mainland'). What a feast that must have been!


Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

I recognize the the beer bottle in the top picture, but the bird escapes me...


Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

Where did the beer go!!! I think i am dehydrated!!! :-0

DancesWithSandyBottom said...

So that's a Kiwi bird... hmm... it looks a bit like the OoooAaaa bird; your know, the 3 lb bird that lays a 5 lb egg.

Juhi Rami said...

Hello, Dear!!!
I like this article because you present such an informative Kiwi Bird facts and image.