For over three years I'd been searching for Zealandia's kākā kura - an incredibly rare red colour morph (variation), seen and photographed by a lucky few, but not by me. And finally I saw a wee orange head emerge repeatedly from within a clump of muehlenbeckia to feed. She was unmistakable! With salmon-orange feathering on and around her head, rather than grey and yellow, and an overall colour of burnished mahogany, she was drop-dead gorgeous. And nothing like any other kākā I'd ever seen. Kākā are not normally that shy, but I suspect only kākā kura with shy genes survived the onslaught of Victorian collectors, who were hell-bent on scoring yellow, white, and red kākā colour-morph skins for their pathetic but highly-prized collections. If only they had cameras rather than shot-guns...
Read more about what makes her so special on my blog about her...
50x50cm prints printed on either fine-art paper or fine-art canvas. Both are shipped rolled, wrapped in acid-free paper.
Exhibited in: "Birds on a Wire" solo exhibition (April, 2018), "Visions of Zealandia" solo exhibition (Jun-Sep, 2017), online Light-Space-Time Gallery solo exhibition (Sep, 2017). Published in: Living the PhotoArtistic Life magazine (Sep, 2017), Artists Down Under magazine (Jun, Oct 2017).
10% of the artist's proceeds goes to Zealandia EcoSanctuary to support their conservation efforts.
Price includes 15% GST for New Zealand sales.
kākā, kaka kura, red-morph kaka,North Island kaka, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, bush parrot, brown parrot, kawkaw