Petroica macrocephala

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Photograph by Erik Duerr.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Petroica macrocephala – South Island tomtit, New Zealand. Mr. Duerr writes, “I would never have been able to get such a close up photo of such a small bird if it weren’t for the fact that birds in NZ are designed not to be afraid of humans.”

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“I would never have been able to get such a close up photo of such a small bird if it weren’t for the fact that birds in NZ are designed not to be afraid of humans.”

I suspect it knows that we couldn’t hurt anything that cute.

Glen Davidson

Many small NZ birds (including the tomtit) are insectivorous, and seem to seek out humans, perhaps for the insects we stir up. They also tend to be fairly acrobatic flyers, so I rather suspect that they have little reason to fear individual humans, who (lacking a large net or similar) have little chance of catching them.

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