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Taken 16-Aug-10
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Keywords:Burwood Reserve, Conservation, Fiordland, Moho, New Zealand, Notornis, Print, Southland, Takahe, Takahe Rearing Unit
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Dimensions4896 x 3264
Original file size11.4 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken16-Aug-10 13:41
Date modified31-Jan-12 06:08
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length100 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/400 at f/5
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Takahe group watching the sky

Takahe group watching the sky

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.