Watching the Kaka on the lawn at Ngahere Loge in Oban Stewart Island was a treat and the highlight of our week. They are just like kids, rolling, tumbling, chasing, screeching, playing and they genuinely seem to really enjoy having fun... It is better than watching TV, they provide endless entertainment with their antics...
The Kaka is a forest parrot endemic to New Zealand. The population is rapidly declining. In Oban on Stewart Island there is a thriving population. It is pleasure to see them playing in trees and shrubs around township.They are generally brownish-green in colour with some yellowish-red to their face and under parts. They can be heard screeching as they fly through the tree tops.
There are 2 subspecies of Kaka. The North Island Kaka (Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis) & The South Island Kaka (Nestor meridionalis meridionalis).
Although considered common on some Islands both parrot subspecies are threatened.
Populations of both subspecies remain in native forest on the North and South Islands. Greater numbers survive on Islands around the mainland. This includes Great Barrier Island in the north and Stewart Island in the south. The Kaka bird is protected under NZ law.
Stewart Island offers some of the best land and sea birding in New Zealand. Ulva Island is a jewel in the crown offering a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds.
AndreaEL Photography Website: http://www.photographer.org...
Redbubble Portfolio: http://www.redbubble.com/pe...
(To purchase: Greeting cards, framed prints, laminated prints, T-Shirts, Calendars, canvas prints, matt prints, photo prints, i-Phone cases, i-pad cases, posters, post cards, mounted prints...)