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Kaka - Keeper of the Beech Forest NZ

NZ Kaka - Eglinton Valley Fiordland

NZ Kaka - Eglinton Valley Fiordland
Kaka - Keeper of the Beech Forest NZ

Kaka are large, forest-dwelling parrots that are found on all three main islands of New Zealand. They are rare to uncommon on the NZ mainland but have recovered at some sites where control of mammalian predators is undertaken, such as the Eglinton Valley of Fiordland.

They are adept fliers, capable of weaving through trunks and branches, and can cover long distances, including over water.

The Kaka uses its powerful beak to tear long strips of bark from trees in search of insects and sap. It is thought that when Kaka were abundant they may have played a significant role in the renewal of the forest, hastening the demise of older trees and thereby making room for the young and vigorous.


My Climate Change Series focuses on the concepts of endangered species within NZ. Where are we at now? Where will we go next? We are standing on the threshold of the extinction of our species. Using inspiration from the grandeur of the NZ landscape, I create moody and unexpected environments. Birds and other creatures are shown, often looking to us for the answers, or for hope.



Collection of photos creating Keeper of the Beech Forest art
Collection of photos creating Keeper of the Beech Forest art

A collection of photos merge together to form the final image. The image aims to express the scope of the geographical and natural beauty of the area - Eglinton Valley and Fiordland - it's mountains, lakes and surrounding valleys. Three Kaka birds rest on a branch, one using it's powerful beak to hop along on one leg.

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