Somethings and saddlebacks

A tieke I met on Urupukapuka in the Bay of Islands. The tieke is a formerly endangered (and still quite rare) species of wattlebird, closely related to the kōkako and the extinct huia. This particular bird met us in the manuka forest on the peninsula between Otiao and Oneura bays. He followed us along the peninsula for a long time, keeping his distance, but when we stopped to get our food out he came close enough to hear the camera and—fascinated by the clicking—hopped right up to investigate, chattering all the while.

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