Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Land of the Long White Cloud 6: The Birds of Banks Peninsula

The road to the old whaling settlement at Peraki Bay descending into the mist
Oikanes Bay - not a whaling settlement but a place where whalers settled with their Maori wives

A black-backed gull faced with a closed clam

Takes it into the air and drops it on the wet sand until...

lunch is served

A variable oystercatcher (its mate chased me away - I must have been close the the nest)

The Pukeko or purple swamp hen


Australian crested grebes among the ducks (the grebes are a rare native species)


Californian Quail (male)


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