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    Pukeko

    I spotted these guys in a Dandelion field. They are a bird unique to NZ. Real characters but very destructive to newly planted gardens. I once saw one catch and eat a small duckling.

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    Are they holding their own population wise Mark?

    I used to see them everytime I walked around the airfield here, but haven't for a few years now.

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    Re: Pukeko

    Very nice captures Mark, I think the second one is fantastic. This bird does have a bit of a menacing look to it.

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    Re: Pukeko

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Are they holding their own population wise Mark?

    I used to see them everytime I walked around the airfield here, but haven't for a few years now.
    Hundreds of the buggers up here Colin

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    Re: Pukeko

    Great Pics, good job

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    Re: Pukeko

    And from the rest of the world...
    Funky loking critter.

    Visited NZ early in the year and was captivated by them. Such an unusual colour, technically difficult to capture due to the colouring, and I experienced them coming our dawn and dusk, making the lighting more difficult. Still, due to their being so common, eventually I had success. Locals must think visitors are nuts spending so much time trying to photograph them (my daughter did).

    Beautiful country, want to spend more time there. Waiting for my daughter to have a wee'un so I have an excuse to babysit.

    Graham
    (bought a souvenir glass pukeko)

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