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A Fernbird scouts out the reedbed in the Tautuku estuary, New Zealand
The Fernbird's scapular feathers blend with the surrounding reedbed in the Tautuku estuary, New Zealand
The Fernbird's common call is a sharp tck-tck, sometimes echoed by its mate nearby
Fernbird, a Locally Common species, is Endemic to New Zealand
Shy but inquisitive, the Fernbird spends most of its time on the ground, flying up to perch on the reeds above only to survey the area
Fernbird pokes its head out from the wall of reeds to survey the situation
A Fernbird crouches in reedbed, camouflaged by its brown feathers
The Fernbird is reluctant to fly, sometimes observable in the dense reedbed only by the reed-tops disturbed as it walks by on the ground