Taken 9-Jan-06
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Keywords:New Zealand, bird, rail, endangered, chick, captive, reared, takahe, moho, notornis, southland
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Dimensions3331 x 4783
Original file size5.74 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken9-Jan-06 13:05
Date modified31-Jan-12 05:32
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 20D
Focal length100 mm
Exposure1/100 at f/5
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Takahe chick in hand

Takahe chick in hand

The Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a flightless rail weighing up to 3kg. They were believed extinct until a dramatic rediscovery in 1948 by Geoffrey Orbell, in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Endemic to New Zealand, a remnant population still survives in the subalpine grasslands of the Murchison Mountains. There are only 250 birds surviving today with an intensive conservation programme in action to save the takahe from extinction.