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The story of Mackenzie in Gold
The large Mackenzie land basin set amidst mountains in the centre of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand) is home to the only bird in the world with a beak that bends sideways - ngutuparore (the wrybill).
Aoraki Mt Cook
Ngutuparore is pictured here in front of Aotearoa's tallest peak Aoraki Maunga (Mt Cook), perfectly reflected in glacial Lake Pukaki, with oversized Mt Cook lilies and flowering lupins popping up in the foreground.
Intricate Maori and sacred geometric designs highlight and decorate the bird. Matt black markings swallow up light while metallic gold paint shines in contrast.
It is thought that the wrybill's beak developed a bend so it can reach creatures hidden under stones. Much like the cheeky mountain dwellers the kea, the wrybill's boldness around people disguises the fact that they are one of New Zealand's most vulnerable species, with a population of only 5,000.
94cm width x 58cm height (Framed)