Category: Outdoor Scenes


Photo and caption by Mark Watson

Hiking alone on New Zealand's Stewart Island I discovered this ruru chick in the middle of the track. It had fallen from its nest and it's mother, helpless, watched from a branch nearby. Unsure what to do at first, I sat with the confused young bird and shared a little of my lunch with it. I then spied a hole in a tree trunk above and realised that was its nest. Placing the young bird in my camera bird, I scaled the tree for twenty feet and popped it back into its nest. Early Europeans called this endemic species of owl morepork for its distinctive call, while the native Maori called it ruru.

Location: Stewart Island, New Zealand


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