Taken 21-Jan-11
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Keywords:alpine, Alpine zone, Conservation, Field worker, Fiordland, Location, mountains, Murchison Mountains, New Zealand, Population Survey, wilderness, takahe, rail, notornis, helicopter, operation, team, jonathon, larivee, fiordland helicopters
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Dimensions4368 x 2912
Original file size10.7 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken21-Jan-11 16:32
Date modified9-Apr-12 21:51
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/80 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeSpot
Alpine taxi 1

Alpine taxi 1

Alpine taxi calls in to Plateau Basin to transfer conservation staff and equipment across the mountain range.

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.