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Fiordland: New Zealand’s Southern Sanctuary

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One of the Last Survivors
Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt

Making a rare appearance, an endangered takahe peers through dense underbrush in the Murchison Mountains, the chief spot in the world where these flightless, ground-nesting birds still live in the wild. Only about 130 birds are known to survive here. Their biggest threat: a proliferation of deer (introduced by European settlers), which eat tussock grass that takahe need for food and nests. Conservationists hope that captive-breeding programs and relocation to predator-free islands will help revive the species.

Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 300mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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