Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tui

The Tui is one of our native birds.  They are very active at the moment while they pair up and the males can be heard all through the day.



I have been trying to get a good picture of one for a while but they are good at avoiding me.  They will sit quite close and sing when I don't have my camera but hide in the bushes when I do.



This handsome fellow was keeping me company in the garden and I managed to get some reasonable shots.  He was singing his heart out trying to impress the ladies - he certainly impressed me!



You can see the white feather markings on the back of his neck, and they have a little tuft of white feathers under their chin as well.  Lovely birds to have around and they are breeding well in our area.




20 comments:

  1. They are definitely a delight to see and hear. I love their 'tinny' sound when they sing.Your photos came out quite well.

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  2. They are neat looking birds, the white feathers on their back is pretty. It is cool to see the birds in the spring pairing up. Great photos. Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. These are incredible shots Jocee!
    We have a huge Totara tree on our property and it is home to the Tui from time to time!
    However I've never managed to photograph them as they hide near the top of the tree... I can hear them perfectly - it's so frustrating!

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  4. Your patience was rewarded ! These are great captures! :)

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  5. Oh, too bad he doesn't like to cooperate with you and your camera. Here I can see he's a handsome bird!

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  6. how unique are those feathers! awesome shots!

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  7. He has a very pretty collar. I hope he managed to impress the ladies. :)

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  8. Your shots are wonderful !
    Greetings

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  9. Wow those feathers are cool looking. Great shot!!

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  10. Gorgeous colors!!! Beautiful bird.

    Come on over and link up this post to add to the list, if you'd like!

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  11. A nice looking exotic bird to see.

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  12. What a handsome bird. Great job on playing hid n seek!

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  13. Tropical birds do seem to have prettier feathers. I love the iridescent greens on the feathers, and the white feathers on the neck. I find it very hard to get close to any birds for photography, good work!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your link this weekend at the Bird D'Pot....such a handsome bird!!!

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  15. I'm still having problems with Google chrome. I thought I left a comment here yesterday, but when I came back to check I don't see it. So, I'm commenting again. Love this bird. He is quite handsome.

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  16. I am glad you finally got some good pictures of this handsome bird, Jocee. Birds often don't cooperate with photographers. Good job!

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  17. A beautiful bird! And you captured him so wonderful! Great photos!

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