Some Interesting Pics from NZ
Our New Zealand Naturalist Rebecca Bowater has been sending in a steady stream of some very interesting birds. Take a look:
First off an “Aww that’s cute!” shot. A Spotted Shag feeding its young at the edge of a cliff. Watch out for those first few steps out of the nest!
Look at the colors on this next one – a Wood Pigeon or known as a Kereru down there. Don’t miss those red feet!
Take a close look at this next bird, a Wrybill. It is a type of Plover and is endemic to New Zealand. Pay particular attention to the bill. Notice anything unusual?
Here’s another shot of a Wrybill – take another look at its bill. It’s actually curved to the right! All Wrybills are like that (they are the only known species to have a bill like that) and scientists aren’t sure why. Some speculate it helps them find insect larvae under rocks.
Finally, we take a look at a robin that doesn’t look anything like our North American Robin. The New Zealand Robin looks more like one of our warblers, where the North American Robin looks more like a thrush. They are endemic to New Zealand and have several subspecies including the North Island and South Island Robin (this one is a South Island).
Thanks Rebecca for sharing all these great bird pics!
Stay safe. Go birding. Take pics. Share here. Repeat.
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