Friday Photo: 2 November

November 2nd, 2012 at 9:09 am by Chthoniid

Today we’re back in the NZ forests with our native birds:

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North Island

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10 Responses to “Friday Photo: 2 November”

  1. Todd Sisson (48 comments) says:

    Great shot of one of my first equal (with Kea) favourite native bird :-)

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. cubit (356 comments) says:

    Fantastic – a bird with attitude!

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  3. Elaycee (4,081 comments) says:

    Another great pikkie…

    Watching one of these birds feed brings new meaning to the term ‘dexterity’. I understand the muscles in their feet actually work in reverse to us… when we relax, our grip on something loosens, but for a parrot like the Kaka, apparently their grip tightens as they relax. Thats why they don’t fall out of trees when they sleep. :D

    @Chthnoiid: Is it true that virtually all parrots are left footed [left handed] and that they hold and eat things with their left foot and hang on with their right?

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  4. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    Amateur stuff. The background is blurred, you’ve chopped off its wings and the subject isn’t even looking into the camera properly. Would never pass muster as a passport photo.

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  5. nasska (9,549 comments) says:

    Good that you could fill in for the normal critic at such short notice Davinci. :)

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  6. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    nasska

    It isn’t difficult given the paucity of material. It’s made me realise that society’s general embracing of the concept of recycling has been adopted to such an extent by some individuals that it pervades their every thought, word and in that case, twenty year grand plan.

    In fact, in reflecting upon the point, it occurs to me that I could extend this service beyond the Friday photo. I’ll give it a go.

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  7. nasska (9,549 comments) says:

    thedavincimode

    Stepping into the Great Blogger’s shoes will not be easy. After years of polishing the turd that forms parts 1 & 2 of his twenty year plan Reddy has developed an exquisite ability to sense the moods & tastes of his small band of followers.

    He deserves to be up there with those who can tell butter from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,129 comments) says:

    Not sure it’s a good idea anyway. It’s already got me into trouble on the drug courts thread.

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  9. nasska (9,549 comments) says:

    thedavincimode

    You were too subtle……insufficient personal abuse & an absence of Tourettes made the connection a little weak.

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  10. Chthoniid (1,966 comments) says:

    @Todd Sisson @cubit

    Thanks- there’s no doubting the genuine charisma of the parrots- and our few species are no exception.

    @Elaycee

    Yes- the reversed hallux allowing that grip famously first appeared in bird-fossil record with Archeopteryx in Cretaceous. Modern birds basically extended and refined the grip. Bird are very dexterous as a rule- and the Corvids put some of our primate cousins to shame with their tool-building.

    I wasn’t aware of the preference for left-footedness in parrots sorry- the feeding pics I have of them are actually using their right foot to hold on to food with.

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