Gallery - WHITE HERON Kotuku
This bird is protected and considered a rare native (Heather & Robertson 2005). These pictures were taken at Petone, Wellington. The Kotuku appearance here is a once in a lifetime event and considered good luck. We (local residents) feel very privileged to have it here.
This shot of the Kotuku with it's neck retracted shows its difference in flight style from the swan, for example.
Graham Wolf keeping watch
Here the bird takes a quick leap.
This bird arrived early this year (2011), much to the joy and wonder of the locales. It is said to be a "once in a lifetime" event and is also said to pertain good luck.
Look out fish, I'm hungry!!
Even with only one foot on the ground the Kotuku is able to fully extend its neck in an endeavour to catch its prey.
It is nice to be able to see the birds reflection as it takes off.