This shot of a white-faced heron in the nest was taken at Maranda.
All puffed up!
Off we go);-)
Off we go}:-]
"Up Up & Away"
What a beautiful wingspan.
It is nice to beable to see the birds reflection as it takes off.
Even with only one foot on the ground the Kotuku is able to fully extend its neck in an endever to catch its prey.
This shot of the Kotuku wth its neck retracted shows its difference in flight style from the swan, for example.
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