The Pukeko whanau
It is on this area of grass that the Pukeko whanau spend their days. We noticed about last october a great deal of courting between three or four couples, obviously there were a few newly married as there was quite a lot of squabbling. Then there'd be the odd one out foraging until we were passing and they had the babies out for a walk. That day we counted six little fellows about the size of a hen's egg running around. I did feel I could hear the Mothers say "Get out from under my feet!" The days passed more babies, then more adults with their families until there numbered about eighteen or twenty. This is a large number BUT We wondered if seeing it was open ground, newly planted there was plenty of food and they could watch the small ones.
All that stopped and we found out why they had all headed for the swamy ground with tall reed cover There was the hawk hovering, probably licking his lips with anticipation.
Now of course those little fellow are all fully grown and we see them every day as we pass, they use to run at the sight of us but we now notice they just raise their heads and watch. They do nt even mind lilly. have a nice day and do stay out of the wind. tomorrow I'd l;ike to tell you about Peter and Penny Plover.