through song and movement
Whilst we were in New Zealand to experience culture, birds were always in the back of our minds. We are spoilt in Australia for variety and breadth of species when it comes to birds. However the Tui stole our hearts in new Zealand. It is a beautiful bird, with a metallic dark green and blue plumage. The wonderful white napkin on the throat gives the Tui a distinctive identity.However the song produced by the Tui outshines the beautiful plumage. No bird in Australia produces a sweeter more distinctive sound than the Tui. They are very common in the North Island and we quickly learnt to identify their calls however they were quite elusive to photograph. This bird was in the Wellington Botanic Gardens and was the only one I was able to get a reasonable photo of.