15 September 2016

Tui time

Early spring's an excellent time of year for appreciating tui on the Massey University campus. An abundance of nectar-producing blossom attracts an abundance of tui, and because the birds are habituated to humans, they're easy to approach closely. Yesterday I finally took the time to make some photographs, and because the day was heavily overcast, I didn't have the usual difficulties with the shiny iridescence of the plumage.

[1/80 sec at f5.6, ISO 200]

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Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Oh! The profusion of beauty here is so joyous - but I would swear your subject appears to be thinking, 'You looking at me, mate?' Gorgeous - the details and the movement play nicely off of each other. Have a great day.

robin andrea said...

The joyous colors of spring there. Such a beautiful bird among the flowers. Wonderful photo.

pohanginapete said...

Barbara, who knows what tui think :-) They're always busy, always either in motion or on the verge of it, and even when they're singing, as this one was, they use their whole body. They seem to live their lives at a frantic pace, or maybe they all just have ADHD.

Robin, thanks :-) I knew I had to take the opportunity to photograph the tui in these trees, because the blossom's already beginning to pass its peak.

Zhoen said...

Mid-gossip intensity.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, haha! Plenty of that gossip going on around here as well as on campus :-)