Taken 8-Sep-05
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Keywords:weka, western, south island, new zealand, bird, wildlife, kahurangi, west coast
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Dimensions3088 x 2184
Original file size4.11 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken8-Sep-05 12:15
Date modified17-Oct-11 11:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 20D
Focal length135 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.5
Exposure1/250 at f/9
FlashFired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
ISO speedISO 200
Western weka 1

Western weka 1

The western weka (Gallirallus australis) is one of four recognised sub-species of woodhen in New Zealand. It is a large, brown flightless bird that has a famously feisty and curious personality, qualities that traditionally made the bird an easy food source for Māori and early European settlers. The weka's best known call is a repetitive, loud 'coo-et' that is usually heard at dusk and in the early evening. It is presented as a duet, with the male giving the lower and slower part. Weka are usually heard, not seen, although some birds, usually those living near farms, roads or huts, get a reputation for pilfering crops, food and other small objects.