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Taken 23-Aug-10
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Keywords:Fiordland, Location, Moho, Murchison Mountains, New Zealand, New Zealand wildlife, Notornis, takahe, Wildlife
Photo Info

Dimensions3264 x 4896
Original file size17.7 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken23-Aug-10 09:25
Date modified3-Apr-12 15:05
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length200 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/60 at f/4
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Takahe in beech forest 1

Takahe in beech forest 1

Takahe in the wilds of Fiordland descend into the beech forest over the winter.

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.