The Bird that started it all. The Pukekoe. No wings, but smart and very protective of their young.
I believe in one of my very first posts here in New Zealand, I had a picture of a bird called a Pukoke. I was waxing enthusiastic about the bird population here and made a statement that I would try to take a picture of each type of bird I found and get as many as I could. In the end, those suckers usually don’t sit still for pictures, so we saw a lot more than are represented here. Still, it was fun and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing some different birds.
Austrailian Magpie, they have a reputation as pests and people shoot them at will.
Paradise Shell Ducks. Always seen in pairs, the female has the white head.
Black Swans with goslings
Black Swans with Spoonbill
Little Blue Penguins
Some chickens drink pretty well
New Zealand Robin
Another view of the Fantail showing off.
White Faced Heron
Yellow Eyed Penguin
New Zealand Hawk. Usually seen when 2 other things are happening at the same time.
NZ Falcon. Half Grown.
Red Billed Gulls
Rest Stop Roosters. They didn’t care for breadcrumbs.
They were in the Auckland Zoo so they count, although I don’t think they’re native.
Kereru or Wood Pigeon. This one is stuffed.
Mutton Bird. Pretty salty. Prepared by boiling a couple times to leach out salt before doing anything else.
Satan & Snowball. Two very personable rest stop roosters.
Weka. One of New Zealands largest flightless birds. About like a young chicken.
Grey Tailed Tattler…. I think.
Right, well…. thats it for new Zealand damnint. We’ve been back in the states about four days now and dealing with jet lag and reconnecting with friends and family. The trip really isn’t over till we get a place and I am re-employed but I will be activlly working towards that goal from now on. We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and it was hard to leave.We made many friends and saw some amazing scenery. We look forward to visiting again someday. As for the blog, I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet. Something says keep it. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’ll keep taking pictures.
Marc and myself @ The White Lady. Weekend institution burger bus