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Down at the pond with the kids I noticed the commotion caused by a pair of NZ dotterels who for some reason have taken exception to the Pukeko’s. Normally both the Dotterels and Pukekos happilu co-exsist however NZ Dotterels breed from August through to Janurary and most likely have either eggs or young to be protective of. I don’t know what the Pukeko had done but it was definately being told off! You can see both birds in this pic although the lily pads make suprisingly good camoflage!

The lush green foliage at the front right of this photograph is Native Flax, or Harakeke as it is know in Maori. I took a few macro shots of it while there, one of which is at my shutterchance blog if you wish to take a look!