Friday, January 30, 2009
While they didn't see any Kiwis, they saw this bird, Kea jumping around when they arrived at Manapouri on their way to the Doubtful Sound. It walked in a funny gait similar to how other parrots walk. Given how cute it look, it's hard to imagine the excerpt from wikipedia below:
"Now uncommon, the Kea was once killed for bounty as it preyed on livestock, especially sheep, only receiving full protection in 1986."
New Zealanders have made a lot of effort in conserving their environments. They eradicated foreign animals brought from Europe to create many bird sanctuaries around the area near Doubtful Sound. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everybody is so environmentally conscious!