It has been a while since I did a bird edition.
Pauatahanui trips often result in bird shots.
My first subject was a pukeko or swamp hen (Porphyrio porphyrio). These colourful big-footed birds can be very shy, depending on the environment. This one’s partner made a lightning fast exit into the reeds. This one was either brave or slow on the uptake.
From the hide I could see some juvenile pied stilts and I suspect they are the ones that hatched just prior to Christmas.
At first, the bird was browsing for food, but it seemed to suffer from an inaccessible itch, or perhaps in infestation of parasites. Splashing about looked like normal ablutions at first but it soon launched into some amazing contortions verging on flight as it attempted to ease whatever was causing the discomfort.
That’s all for today.