Taken 12-Mar-12
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Keywords:alpine, Alpine zone, Conservation, Field worker, Fiordland, Location, mountains, Murchison Mountains, New Zealand, Population Survey, wilderness, jane maxwell
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Dimensions2912 x 4368
Original file size11.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken12-Mar-12 17:03
Date modified24-Mar-12 16:53
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D
Focal length38 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/50 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Adult takahe in hand 4

Adult takahe in hand 4

In the alpine zone, specialist takahe scientist Jane Maxwell holds an adult takahe having just attached a transmitter and leg bands.

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.