Takahe

THREATENED SPECIES

After several views of the backside of Takahes (Porphyrio hochstetteri) disappearing into the foliage off the track, we promptly stopped and sat down at the sight of a family trio. In their own time the birds approached quite close to us and this inquisitive adult stared straight down my lens.
Maud Island, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L USM lens, 1/640, f5.6, ISO 800, handheld 

Status: The Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is listed as Endangered.

by Thomas Burns, Cambridge, New Zealand