Kotuku

 

Text provided by Linda Kerkmeester

A friend alerted me to a visitor to Karehana Park on Thursday evening (5 April 2012).  It was a white heron - Kotuku!  These are known to fly south to Okarito on the NZ west coast where there is a breeding colony.  I have also seen them on the Waikanae estuary where they hang out on the branches of trees that have been washed down the river or from the incoming tide.  But never have I seen one in Plimmerton till now!
In the photo it is eating a small eel that came up the drain to the park. 

Photo taken by Kirsten Walsh

 

Last Updated: 03/05/2012 5:25pm