Living World

Birds of play

Packs of kea are reliable entertainers in places such as Arthur’s Pass or Glacier Country, and new research is showing that kea are smarter and have more complex communication than previously thought. But large flocks in tourism hotspots conceal the fact that kea numbers are dramatically falling across the Southern Alps. Why is this? How can we reverse it? And what do we still have to learn about them?


Neil Silverwood

Neil Silverwood specializes in photographing some of the wildest, most remote places in New Zealand - many of which have never been photographed before. His images depict the thrill of exploration and the awe of the backcountry and aim to make viewers feel the grit in their socks - wet through, trail weary and alive



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