Sunday, July 16, 2017

White Heron (Kotuku)

The White Heron (Kotuku) NZ

As fashion evolves
Feathers no longer the rage
For hats and human drapery

A rare bird

Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kĊtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the great egret. With a long, slender neck, yellow bill and thin legs, white herons grow to 92 centimetres in length and 900 grams in weight. In flight their long neck is held kinked. During breeding their bill darkens and a veil of fine feathers extends beyond the folded wings and tail, accentuating their graceful profile. ~ Bernard

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