Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pukeko takes liking to Water-garden in Wellington Central

Pukeko standing & dining on Asian culinary herb Water Dropwort (Oenanthe javanica) growing in an old bath in my garden in Wellington Central, New Zealand.

This Pukeko (Porphyrio porhyrio) has been staying in my garden for several weeks, apparently attracted by my tubs and baths filled with water and edible aquatic plants. Pukeko are normally a swamp bird, I've never seen or heard of one in Wellington Central before( the garden is 20 min walk from downtown), though there is is a lot of native bush around.

So far it has been completely quiet, but apparently can be quite noisy when living in groups, for this reason I've decided against experimenting with them as livestock... not fair on neighbors in densely populated areas (car noise & pollution no problem!)


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