Tuesday, December 12, 2017
SOUTHERN BROWN KIWI, RAKIURA NATIONAL PARK, STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
After our boat the "Stewart Island Experience" completed the Pelagic Birding tour (see previous posts) we went on to Rakiura National Park to see if we could sight a Kiwi, which is a nocturnal, flightless bird. We arrived at Little Glory Cove, where the visitor's center is located.
We were broken up into two parties, each with its own guide. During this trek our group encountered a Southern Brown Kiwi several times. We were allowed to take photos, but not use flash. The guide used a red flashlight to see the kiwi, as it didn't seem to bother it too much. Because of this the kiwi appeared pink with a red background around it. We couldn't see the Kiwi's color in the photo, but we could definitely see that it had the shape of a Kiwi.
Visually we were able to ID this bird as a Southern Brown Kiwi by its size, color and markings. The second photo is a stock photo of a Southern Brown Kiwi. The Kiwi we saw was very similar to the one in the second photo.
The Southern Brown Kiwi is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 759.