Tuesday, 15 July 2008

I Spy...

Driving on the bridge over the Otautau Stream, I spotted 'a dark figure in the distance'. A large black bird was on the rail bridge over the stream. I parked my car, donned my camera, and crept closer and closer until I finally got this shot.

I checked my bird book, and it seems that this is a Little Shag or kawaupaka in the 'white-throated phase'. It's common in NZ but also a protected native species. Check out those cute black feet.

This was a nice adventure in the middle of my day, and I'm looking forward to finding more birds around our waterways this week.

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