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    Lots of kea came to me that day at the summit of Avalanche peak, what appeared to me as a reward for the mid day of climbing. And they welcomed me well! I was lucky to take their picture with an epic alpine background which is their home. They are the only parrot spieces in the world to have mountains as their natural habitat. And this kind of encounter is possible only in New Zealand !
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    It was hard for me to pick which one of your kea photos I like best. I appreciate that the bird and mountain share the same scale. The light is absolutely exquisite.

    Erika Larsen
    National Geographic Photographer
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    Date Taken: Mar 1, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2018
    Location: Arthur’s Pass, Canterbury, New Zealand
    Camera: SONY ILCE-7SM2
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
    Aperture: f/16
    ISO: 2000
    Copyright: © Alexandre De Melas
    Categories: Animals, Landscapes, Nature
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2018, The Beauty of Birds, Close Encounters, We Love Animals
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest