13 January 2014

Juvenile korimako (bellbird)


During the last week or so I've noticed two juvenile korimako (bellbird, Anthornis melanura) frequenting the harakeke (New Zealand flax) and other shrubs and trees along the driveway. This morning I made a point of taking the camera with me when I walked to the letterbox and, sure enough, the two youngsters and an adult appeared. This was the best of the photographs. The yellow on the forehead is pollen from the harakeke; the yellow at the base of the bill is an unequivocal indicator that this little bird isn't long out of the nest.


[13 January 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, Panasonic 100–300 mm at 218 mm, ISO 400, 1/1250 at f5.1]


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13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Feathered enchantment.

Relatively Retiring said...

Good luck, indeed. Such a precarious little life, and such a beautiful portrait of it.

pohanginapete said...

EC, they're enchanting indeed.

RR, thank you. I think these two are past the worst of the risks now. Jimmy (the farm cat) is now past his prime and never was much of a hunter, and not much else around here poses a serious predation risk. The weather might be the biggest threat. FIngers crossed.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

As always, your photos of your avian friends make me want to sing. The rich colors, the detail, the sense of motion - the bird looks like it's about to dance a bit - are wonderful. Thanks, Pete. Take care.

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, Barbara :^)

Zhoen said...

Such rich, subtle colors. And charming.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen — utterly charming. I didn't see them this morning, and missed them.

Anonymous said...

If there's one song that bewitched me whilst hiking in NZ it was the call of the bell bird. What a great capture! -Maureen

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Maureen. These youngsters haven't learned their songs yet, though, so they're not the most melodious of birds right now. ;^)

Don Watson said...

Wow! this is the pic that my wife and I tried to get this past spring of the bell bird. Nice shot!

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Don. You might have better luck than me next spring, because these flax bushes were ripped out a few days ago. A great spot for photographing now gone.

butuki said...

This is perhaps one of my favorite of all your photos. There is something about the flax seed pods and the manner and expression of the korimako that gives the image a feeling of joy and defiance. And the light and colors are just magic!

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Miguel! I appreciate those comments from someone with the eye of an accomplished artist.