Keywords:Alpine zone, Fiordland, Location, Moho, Murchison Mountains, New Zealand, New Zealand wildlife, Notornis, Takahe, Wildlife
Dimensions3072 x 2304
Original file size5.98 MB
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken9-Oct-07 17:08
Date modified18-Jun-12 17:10
Camera modelCanon PowerShot A710 IS
Focal length9.95 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.2
Exposure1/40 at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Takahe mum with chick
Takahe feeding 2 day old chick on nest.
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.