Kea of the mountains


The Kea, one of the few alpine parrots in the world, is known for its intelligence and curiosity, both vital to its survival in a harsh mountain environment. It was a tough but rewarding climb to the top of Avalanche Peak, especially with the Keas at the top to greet us.

Avalanche Peak, Arthurs Pass, New Zealand

Canon 1D MkIII, EF 24–70mm f2.8L lens, 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 400

Status: The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is listed as Vulnerable.

by Wendy Broekx, South Australia