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After quite many pictures from Kashubia and Plonsk, back to New Zealand.

The sculptures of moa birds in Franz Josef on the West Coast of New Zealand.
The sculptures feature two life-size giant fiberglass birds, with no wings, a long neck and orange eyes.
The moa were nine species of flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The two largest species, Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae, reached about 3.6 m (12 ft) in height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230 kg (510 lb). They were the dominant herbivores in New Zealand's forest, shrubland and subalpine ecosystems for thousands of years, and until the arrival of the Maori were hunted only by the Haast's eagle. Moa extinction occurred in CE 1440 ± 20 years, primarily due to overhunting by Maori.

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