Paradise duck – male
The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head.
Paradise shelducks are commonly observed flying in pairs or grazing on pasture. They are very vocal birds, with males giving a characteristic ‘zonk zonk’, while females make a more shrill ‘zeek zeek’ while flying or as a warning to intruders.
I could not see them that well.
They were up on a perch.
Kea, New Zealand’s mountain parrot
If you are a frequent visitor to or live in an alpine environment you will know the kea well. Raucous cries of “keeaa” often give away the presence of these highly social and inquisitive birds. However, their endearing and mischievous behaviour can cause conflict with people.
Kea (Nestor notabilis) are an endemic parrot of the South Island’s high country. Although kea are seen in reasonable numbers throughout the South Island, the size of the wild population is unknown – but is estimated at between 1,000 and 5,000 birds.
More Feathered friends.