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Taken 12-Mar-12
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Keywords:alpine, Alpine zone, Conservation, Field worker, Fiordland, Location, mountains, Murchison Mountains, New Zealand, Population Survey, wilderness, takahe, rail, notornis, sound, recording
Photo Info

Dimensions2912 x 4368
Original file size8.89 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken12-Mar-12 11:48
Date modified3-Apr-12 14:25
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D
Focal length40 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/160 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Playing territorial call 2

Playing territorial call 2

Conservation staff playing a takahe recording across the mountain tops to prompt a vocal response from resident takahe.

The Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a flightless rail weighing up to 3kg. They were believed extinct until a dramatic rediscovery in 1948 by Geoffrey Orbell, in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Endemic to New Zealand, a remnant population still survives in the subalpine grasslands of the Murchison Mountains. There are only 250 birds surviving today with an intensive conservation programme in action to save the takahe from extinction.