Friday Photo: 5 April

April 5th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Chthoniid

Today’s pic is of a local , the . ┬áThis threatened species is also the largest extant pigeon in the world (and NZ”s only pigeon species)

 

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Enjoy your Friday.

 

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14 Responses to “Friday Photo: 5 April”

  1. kowtow (8,175 comments) says:

    Threatened?

    The fucking things are everywhere!

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  2. Elaycee (4,352 comments) says:

    Thanks Chthoniid.

    Just as well they eat nuts, berries etc because they sure as hell couldn’t rely on stealth to get a feed…. these things would have to be the noisiest birds around when on the wing.

    Little wonder they were hunted to the point of extinction many moons ago – they can be heard from a decent distance.

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  3. Nick K (1,218 comments) says:

    It’s a beautiful bird, the Kereru. One was perched sideways on a tree that had berries in our backyard this week nibbling at the berries. It then crabbed sideways down the tree to eat more. I was on the windtrainer outside sweating my ring off watching it and it was almost cathartic. Then it flew off and came back a few times.

    This is the softer side of me!

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  4. Pete George (23,427 comments) says:

    We often have Kereru visiting, usually in pairs but not long ago had ten in one tree. There seem to be more around than there used to be.

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  5. Black with a Vengeance (1,775 comments) says:

    It looks delicious!

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  6. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    They are delicious!

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  7. Raider580 (13 comments) says:

    My Granny can shot and ate many a wood pigeon very tasty I do believe.

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  8. mandk (949 comments) says:

    I was surprised at the threatened status, too.
    Moved from Aro Valley to Eastbourne 10 years ago and found there were heaps of them.
    Almost as common as Tuis.

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  9. mandk (949 comments) says:

    Never ate kereru, but have had wood pigeon in the UK. Delicious.
    There are so many over there that they are a pest. They could feed them to the poor!

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  10. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    “Never ate kereru, but have had wood pigeon in the UK. Delicious.
    There are so many over there that they are a pest. They could feed them to the poor!”

    You shot my Speckled Jim!

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  11. Tauhei Notts (1,678 comments) says:

    I am surprised by the comments about the abundance of these birds. Like Nick K I think they are one of our most beautiful birds, but they are very rare in the Waikato.

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  12. Viking2 (11,367 comments) says:

    Tauhei. You need to deposumn the Waikato.

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  13. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Whoosh woosh woosh BANG!

    Anyone know how to stop them flying into tinted double glazing?

    If any of you fancy a taste at least fifty of them have committed seppuku at my place in the last twenty years! :)

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  14. RRM (9,772 comments) says:

    They look graceful enough when they are sitting on their arse….
    In flight they are more graceful than a turkey, that’s about all you can give them. Kind of a bird equivalent of a bumble bee, the wings seem too small for that great fat body that dangles below as they thrash their way forward through the air.

    I grew up in Rotorua, never ever saw one there, assumed they must be impossibly rare.

    Went tramping at Fox Glacier as a teenager – OMFG LOOK! A KERERU! WOW!! I never thought I’d see one of those.

    Since then I’ve lived in a few places and noticed they seem pretty abundant in Chch and Wellington…

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