I love feathers - the textures, colours and the amazing fact that they are light enough to allow birds to fly! Finding a single feather is always exciting, trying to work out which species it has come from, and which part of the bird. Massive flight feathers differ to the fluffy downy ones on a birds chest. Kiwi feathers almost look more like hairs than the typical feathers you find floating down the path.

Together, they create stunning patterns and designs on the birds we know and love today. Here in New Zealand, feathers also hold a special significance to the local Maori, they are used in traditional clocks and weaving, and as such are protected. These macro photos of native bird feathers allows us a close up view of what normal is out of reach.

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