Titipounamu

 

 

 

My vote for NZ #birdoftheyear goes to the smallest!
Tītipounamu – Rifleman are tiny weighing only 6 grams and 7-9cm in length
And hows this: a pair have been found in Wellington!

But imagine back in the 1950s, being a film photographer and thinking you have captured the first ever photo of a Tītipounamu/Rifleman in flight.. Imagine heading into the darkroom, waiting to see the neg… and then the first print!
K.V. Bigwood did exactly this, capturing this photo in Nov 1951 at Lake Ohau!

VOTE FOR BIRD OF THE YEAR HERE:
https://birdoftheyear.org.nz/rifleman

#cyanotype from original photo, ref:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnz/46627533812

 

 

 

 

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