Half-healed, half fresh, but man, am I super psyched to have wrapped up this tattoo on Josh today. Also a little sad! It’s been so fun to work on! New Zealand and Northern European native birds, plants, and insects. Trees are pohutukawa, birch, beech, rowan; birds are tui, kea, house swallow, and raven; today added a magpie moth and two Leioproctus fulvescens bees. Hopefully I’ll snag some healed photos before he heads back to NZ! Detail post after this.
This is a Tui, a bird native to New Zealand. This one is sitting on a flax flower stalk with pollen coating his head. We were taking in the view at Mount Victoria lookout, as he was busy hopping from stalk to stalk, chasing off the smaller birds ensuring all of the nectar was kept for himself. Everyone in New Zealand loves them, and it’s often a cause of excitement and exclamation when one is spotted. I can see why as their colours are remarkable.
When it comes to invasive predators, New Zealand smells a rat — and a stoat, and a possum.
But not for long.
By 2050, the island nation hopes to be rid of the invasive mammalian predators — completely.
It’s a goal that was formally announced Monday by New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key. “While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation, it is now introduced predators,” Key said in a statement.
He noted that rats, possums and stoats — which are not native to the islands of New Zealand — kill 25 million native birds each year, and also prey on lizards and other native species.