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@albatrossencounterkaikoura

We’ve had a sensational day! Last night’s big winds (92kt gusts) brought us some fantastic sightings today; including this beautiful Campbell Island mollymawk 😍 We don’t often get to see these birds so we were spoilt today! 😀👍☀️💨🌊 at Kaikoura, New Zealand

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@pippilira

at Copenhagen

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@nz_birds

A ruru (morepork) gives the ultimate stare, photographed by @mikullashbee 🌿 Tag #nzbirds and #nz_birds to be featured! Info from NZ Birds Online: The morepork is a small, dark, forest-dwelling owl. Found in both native and plantation forests, its distinctive “more-pork” call is commonly heard at night in many urban parks and well-vegetated suburbs. Moreporks are relatively common throughout much of New Zealand but are sparse through the eastern and central South Island. Their diet consists of insects, small mammals and birds, which it hunts at night. Prone to predation when nesting, by cats, possum, rats and mustelids. When nesting on the ground eggs and chicks may also be susceptible to predation by pigs and hedgehogs. Sex bias towards males recorded in the Eglington Valley suggests that females may be vulnerable to predation when incubating and brooding in cavities. Low productivity was recorded in studies in the Eglington Valley (Fiordland) and on Ponui Island (Hauraki Gulf), but the causes are unclear. Moreporks are vulnerable to secondary poisoning from pest control operations using brodifacoum poison. Morepork diet is related to prey abundance, suggesting that the risk of secondary poisoning could be reduced by conducting pest animal control operations at times of year when moreporks are not targeting rodents. Moreporks breed readily in captivity. Two captive males from New Zealand were released on Norfolk Island in 1987 to provide a mate for the last surviving Norfolk Island boobook owl. This was successful, and the pair produced several young before the female died in the mid 1990s. A hybrid morepork/boobook population persists on Norfolk Island as a result.

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@nz_birds

An awesome action shot of a mohua (yellowhead) by @otepoti_photography 🌿 Info from NZ Birds Online: Yellowheads are sparrow-sized, yellow-headed forests songsters. They were once one of the most common and conspicuous birds of South and Stewart Island forests, but have been gradually declining since the arrival of ship rats and stoats in New Zealand. Since the 1970s their range contraction has been dramatic, with many of the small scattered populations disappearing. Today they remain common in beech forests in parts of the Catlins, the Blue Mountains, the Dart and Landsborough Valleys, with scattered small populations in eastern Fiordland, west Otago and a small remnant population in North Canterbury. They have been introduced to several predator-free southern islands where they have mostly flourished. Yellowhead are closely related to the brown creeper and whitehead, and all three species are the preferred hosts of the long-tailed cuckoo. Distribution and habitat Yellowheads were previously found in all forests in the South and Stewart Island from sea level to the tree line, but since at least the 1960s they have become confined to beech forest, and there has been a recent dramatic contraction in range. Yellowheads are now found in beech forests in Fiordland, the Catlins, Blue Mountains, some valleys in west Otago, the Landsborough Valley and the Hawdon and Hurunui Valleys in Canterbury. Where they still occur, yellowheads are most common in tall red and silver beech forest. Population With the exception of Nukuwaiata, yellowheads are common on the islands that they have been introduced to, and are still common in the parts of the Catlins, Blue Mountains, Dart and Landsborough Valleys. Elsewhere scattered pairs remain. The total population is probably of the order of 5000 birds. Threats and conservation Yellowheads are preyed on by stoats and rats, particularly while they are nesting and roosting in holes. In higher altitude beech forests their populations do well in most years, but in years following heavy beech seeding high numbers of rats and stoats often decimate populations.

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@pippilira

at Amboseli National Park

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@nz_birds

Action shot of a cape petrel by @leonberardnz 🌿 Tag #nzbirds & #nz_birds to be featured! Info from NZ Birds Online: With their sharply contrasting black-and-white chequered plumage, Cape petrels are probably the most familiar and easily recognisable of New Zealand’s seabirds. They frequent New Zealand coastal waters, especially south from Cook Strait, and are familiar ship followers and scavengers around commercial fishing vessels. Known widely as “Pintado petrel´ this species is common in cooler seas all around the southern hemisphere. Two subspecies are recognised – the Cape petrel D. c. capense, which breeds on mainland Antarctic and Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic and subantarctic islands outside of New Zealand and the Snares Cape petrel D. c. australe which breeds on the Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland and Chatham Islands in the New Zealand region. Distribution and habitat During the breeding season (November-February) Cape petrels occur throughout coastal New Zealand, especially from Cook Strait south and out to the Chatham Islands. After breeding they still occur around New Zealand and there is an influx of Cape petrels from mainland Antarctica, Antarctic islands and other subantarctic islands. Population Snares Cape petrels breed on the Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland and Chatham Islands and there was an estimated total population of 5,000-10,000 breeding pairs before 1984. However, the total population at the Snares Islands was estimated at 7,385 breeding pairs in 1984, and so the population may have increased over that time. Threats and conservation The majority of breeding sites are free from mammalian predators. Occasionally Cape petrels are reported as by-catch in longline and trawl fisheries.

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@dvorakcreativestudios

Not only is this pine grosbeak one of my favorite birds, it is also an exclusive photo that Tony (@wild_lives_matter) hasn't yet posted to his page. The pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) pines for seeds. Almost its entire diet consists of plant matter and seeds...hence its powerful beak! These are among the largest of North America's finches, and can also be found in Asia and Europe. Just before the new year, this handsome chap was photographed in Canada, where the majority live out their lives. Tony took this photo in Algonquin, many hours north of Buffalo. Just as we travel for birds, we gladly travel for our clients! at Algonquin Provincial Park

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@wild_lives_matter

Pumpkin Patch. The male Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) is one of the most distinctive of the more than 50 wood warblers endemic to North America. Looking like he got caught with his head in the pumpkin seed jar, the blackburnian warbler in breeding plumage is a striking sight against the green of a forest canopy, where he spends the majority of his time foraging for insects. Lady blackburnians are slightly less striking, with muted colors. But they work together to lay ~4 brown-spotted eggs in mossy nests. This past summer, these guys gave me a run for my money in a forest near Ithaca, NY. While I'm pretty comfortable with their spring songs, I definitely was NOT with their summer I'm-watching-my-nest calls. Took me quite some time to figure out that those calls (sounding to me like a DJ spinning and breaking Cerulean Warbler songs) were actually coming from Blackburnian throats! Photo made with a... Canon 5D IV, 100-400 ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II at 400mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 1600 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

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@jdvphotonz

Another kōtare, or kingfisher, this time one after a successful hunt. This enormous moth was a bit of a mouthful and the kingfisher didn’t seem to know quite what to do with it 🤷🏼‍♂️

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@sallytylerphotography

My Monday morning look!! 💤 ...I think you get my drift!! 😵😵😓😴😂😎😇

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@sallytylerphotography

Yep that’s her ... showing off again!! 🙄🙄🙄😂😂😂

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@sallytylerphotography

« What. did. you. say?? » 😩😎🤣🦉💛🌿😳

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@slaterpix

Stilts, Plovers and a Stint. at Esperance, Western Australia

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@nz_birds

A great shot of a very rare kōtuku (white heron) by @jonathanharrodphotography 🌿there are only 150-200 of these rare birds left in NZ. Tag #nzbirds & #nz_birds to be featured! Tag us in all your shots of native birds! We want to see the rare birds, the less well-known birds, the sea birds, all the birds! Mod: @hollyneill Info from NZ Birds Online: The white heron or kotuku is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out. Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-known and well-protected, but elsewhere it is 'He kotuku rerenga tahi' or the bird of single flight, implying something seen perhaps once in a lifetime. When seen in close proximity it is a magnificent bird, with its large size and clean white plumage. White herons are widespread and abundant throughout Asia and Australia, where they are generally known as eastern great egrets. The New Zealand population is small (150-200 birds) but apparently stable. The Okarito heronry has occupied essentially the same site since before its location was revealed by a surveyor in 1865. White herons have never been recorded attempting to breed anywhere else in New Zealand. Despite the risks of the entire population breeding at a single location, the colony has thrived throughout. It is well protected legally (as a nature reserve) and by predator trapping and carefully controlled visitation. The most common cause of white heron mortality in New Zealand is birds being hit by cars, as many roads pass close to coastal wetlands, and white herons fly low and slow when first getting airborne.

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@thehidephotography

After having got home and realised I’d forgotten to readjust my distance settings since last using the 500mm, had to trash most of today’s shots. Still got a couple of passable ones though, this sleepy guy included 🙂 . . #seal #greyseal #godrevy #seapuppy #cornwall #cute #beach #beautiful #sleepy #photography #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #nature #cornishwildlife #naturephotography #feathered_finds #nuts_about_birds #sealsofinstagram #birdstagram #bird_brilliance #bird #explore #bird #love #cute #dailybird #birdwatching #etsy #etsyshop #etsysellersofinstagram at Godrevy

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@hunttime24

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@nz_birds

An epic side-profile shot of a tauhou (silvereye) by @michelleaitcheson 🌿 Tag #nzbirds & #nz_birds to be featured! Mod: @hollyneill Info from NZ Birds Online: The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s, and is now one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species. It is found throughout New Zealand and its offshore and outlying islands, occurring in most vegetated habitats, including suburban gardens, farmland, orchards, woodlands and forests. Silvereyes are small songbirds that are easily recognised by their conspicuous white eye-ring; their plumage is mainly olive-green above and cream below. It is an active, mobile species that moves about frequently, including making sea crossings. Silvereyes occur throughout New Zealand from sea level up to about 1,200 m altitude, in urban areas, farmlands, orchards and all indigenous and exotic forests and scrublands, including scrubby edges of wetlands. They are less common in open grassland areas of Otago. Silvereyes are resident on Stewart, Great Barrier, Kermadec, Chatham, Snares, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands. Although silvereyes are resident on or regularly visit all vegetated offshore islands, they are only irregularly or seasonally present on islands with high-densities of bellbirds and other passerines, including Three Kings, Poor Knights, Little Barrier and Kapiti Islands.

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@mash_ter

Garceta común. (Egretta garzetta) Córdoba

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@chris.enticott

Lanner falcon ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The lanner falcon is one of the two main species of falcon (the other being the peregrine falcon). Falcons are some of the fastest birds in the world and lanner falcons can generate speeds of up to 90 mph. The falcon family all have a feature known as the falcons tooth, or tomial tooth. It is a small notch half way up their beak which allows them to easily kill their prey. Unlike most other raptors, they do not dive down on their prey, but instead fly horizontally when chasing birds or small mammals. Lanners will strike a bird in flight to stun it, then follow it to the ground to finish the kill. They often hunt with their partner, forming an attack from two angles. Lanners have a short powerful beak, which is greyish blue in colour. The base of their beak is bright yellow, as are their feet and the rings around their eyes. Lanners have a dark stripe under each eye, which is thought to help to prevent glare when they are hunting. They have tan coloured feathering on their chest, with sparse brown spotting on their breast and their crown is a beautiful dark chestnut colour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lanner #falcon #lannerfalcon #falcons #instafalcon #falconsofinstagram #falconer #falconry #falconrylife #huntingbird #raptorbirds #birdofprey #birdsofprey #birdsofpreyofinstagram #raptor #raptors #raptorsofinstagram #only_raptors #elite_raptors #beakwatch #birdcloseup #nature_sultans #beautifulbird #feathered_finds #feather_features #birdsofinstagram #birdsofinsta #birds_of_ig #birdphotography #birdsphotography at Wildwood Escot

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@chris.enticott

The Resplendent Quetzal ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Resplendent Quetzal is a very rare and elusive bird. It took me a long time to find this one nesting in a hollow tree near San Gerardo de Dota in Costa Rica. This is a male, he has an iridescent green head, wings, back and chest with a vibrant red belly. During the mating season male Quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet (one metre) in length. You can see his beautiful long green tail poking out of the hole, above his head, as he could not fit his entire tail in the nest! I watched as the male and female took it in turns to find food for their chicks, while the other bird stayed to guard the nest. Although much loved in Costa Rica, the Resplendent Quetzal is actually the National Bird of Guatemala. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #resplendentquetzal #quetzal #quetzalbird #pharomachrusmocinno #rarebird #rarebirds #beautifulbird #beautifulbirds #birdextreme #birdsoftheworld #planetbirds #birdplanet #wildtropics #wildnature #wildlifephotography #feathered_finds #feather_features #nutsaboutbirds #birdwatching #birdingphotography #birdphotography #birdsphotography #birdsofinstagram #birdsofinsta #birds_of_ig #birdsofcostarica #costaricawildlife #costaricagram #sangerardodedota #costarica at San Gerardo De Dota, Rio Savegre

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