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Weka or NZ Woodhen (Gallirallus australis)

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silgab on May 8, 2010


Ian Stehbens on May 9, 2010

You probably have never seen this creature before, Gab Silva. Nor had I.

Warm regards,


Rom@nce on May 9, 2010

i was about to say,never seen a bird like that before,well captured Ian :D


Ian Stehbens on May 10, 2010

Cheers Rom@nce. New Zealand doesn't have many birds, and only one animal (a lizard), so it is an interesting place. The behaviour of the birds such as the weka and the kiwi is indicative of the absence of predators (until the European introduction of stoat and weasel!

Regards, Ian

Dror Ben David on May 14, 2010

Outstanding strange bird...

Ian Stehbens on May 15, 2010

Greetings oronbb. As there were no land animals (except one lizard) in NZ, the native birds include ground dwellers such as this weka and also the kiwi. Neither can fly.



Ian Stehbens on May 24, 2010

New Zealand had no animals, except for one lizard! So flightless birds developed/survived. This fellow was unconcerned about my presence, concentrating, as you suggest, on finding food on the shallow bed of the fiord.

Warm regards, Gondor.


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Photo taken in 90 Milford Sound Hwy, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand

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