Have you ever heard the call of the Tui?

The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is endemic to New Zealand. It is a member of the honeyeater family, with a very distinctive range of vocalisations. There are, happily and surprisingly, quite a few of these birds around our home. Aren’t we a lucky bunch!

I’ve been trying to get a good shot of the Tui for a while now. I hear their calls all day long. The distinctive clicks and timber like groans, and pan-pipe like vocalisations. While I can hear them alright, I’ve discovered that they tend to stay high up in the tree tops making it difficult for my little ol’ camera to capture them in all their beautiful detail.  However, since winter is in full swing and the trees have become dormant and nectar is less readily available I’ve managed to catch a couple of Tui closer to the ground and hence the photos!

Enjoy.

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