Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 242 - Tui

The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic that is common throughout New Zealand.  This species was one of the first birds I identified in the garden of our accommodation in Auckland.

The Tui is one of the largest honeyeaters, and is a little bigger than most thrushes.  Because of the white  throat tufts, this bird is sometimes called The Parson Bird.  In dull light they can look almost black, but when they catch the sunlight, their feathers taken on a metallic sheen.

These images were all taken in the Queen Charlotte Sound area of South Island.





My main computer is off having emergency surgery this week - and my bank account is on life support, so I will have work my way around these issues for a week or so!


28 comments:

Brian King said...

Very pretty bird! I hope you get your computer back all fixed.

Missy George said...

I feel your pain..I bought a new Mac and a new Cannon within two weeks of each other....It will take awhile to make that up..if I do

Phil Slade said...

Ha Stewart. That made me laugh a little as "Tui" is the name of a German/British travel company with somewhat mixed reviews of love or hate. Your Tui is definitlely better.

Sharon Wagner said...

Very pretty photos. In other news, I was telling someone about your high altitude parrot, and they immediately knew it was a Kea. We were in a parking lot where people put plastic bags over their windshield wipers to discourage vultures.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, the metallic sheen on the feathers is pretty. Beautiful bird and photos. Good luck with your computer. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your pictures really catch that metallic gleam. Good luck on the computer repair....and thank you.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lucky, that you have life support *wink*

NatureFootstep said...

a lovely bird. One I did not see.
Computer problems? Tell me about it :( Good luck!

Nora said...

Hope the computer issues are resolved. I love the deep blue of this bird. I posted a Steller's Jay which is lighter blue.

Pat Tillett said...

A beauty! Nothing like that one here either. I think we got shorted on bird variety where I live. Nice pics Stewart!

Beth said...

Starling-like head. Cannot decide if it is homely or pretty.

A Colorful World said...

Great photos! What a pretty bird.

Lea said...

Beautiful!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a stunning bird, I'd never heard of it before. Love learning about new birds around the world. Hope your computer survives the surgery. :-)

Missy George said...

It looks like a Starling (Yuk) that had it's wings and tail dipped in blue ink..Pretty colors..

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those wing feathers really caught the light. Too bad you didn't get a front view of the "Parson" look. Hope your computer can be resuscitated and your account gets upgraded to "critical but stable!"

Mary Cromer said...

Don't you just hate when these computers are on the get gone, or broken... Mine is such a slow poke and when I try to scroll down to see my blog friends and then get to comments alone, takes forever.
Your image shares are of a stunning bird, with such beautiful feather colourations~

Richard Pegler said...

Sorry to hear of your computer woes, Stewart. Technology is wonderful when it works. However, there seem to be so many pressures to make things affordable these days (partly because so many people seem to think that it's their right to own everything that they wish for) that reliability is going out of the window, closely followed by the sanity of the human race.

As for your bank account being in need of intensive care - could your wanderlust be partly to blame? ;D

I hope all works out OK soon - - - Richard

Frank Boxell said...

Another interesting species from 'down under'.

Rhodesia said...

Interesting bird and one that I do not know. Hope the computer only needs a cheap fix, sure the bank account is suffering from too many holidays :-))) Keep well. Cheers Diane

Andrea Priebe said...

This is one cool looking bird ... and I love how his "black" is really "a rich royal blue". Some of our black birds do the same in the sunlight. I think we underestimate Natures artistic abilities :) Too bad the sun isn't always shining. Busy day ... sending postcards to the White House (a soft protest) have to keep the pressure on :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Dave Lewis said...

A most excellent bird from behind Stewart!
Good luck with the computy thing...I went through a crash and a new one a couple months ago...still trying to find things!

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

What a beautiful bird!

Linda said...

Oh my! He looks like he has a fancy cape! Gorgeous!

Lady Fi said...

Wow - that plumage is gorgeous!

Liz said...

What a gorgeous bird, Stewart! I love the shiny, metallic looking feathers and the patterns on the neck. Nicely captured.

Mosura said...

Nice one! Reminds me of our wattlebirds.

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

Wow, such a beautiful bird!!! I love all her very nice pictures!!! Hope your computer was fixed.
Jessi