A kākāriki peeks out of a tree

So this happened back in November.

We do get a few of these rare native parakeets about, but they’re always a bit flighty and are way more often heard than seen.

This one, unusually, stayed in this very spot just off our deck in a large flowering cherry tree for about 20 minutes. Most of the time it seemed to be calling for its mates, who seemed to have abandoned it.

It flew off when they returned, but not before I’d managed a couple good shots. Once again, we live in a bird paradise here…

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