11 He aha tērā? What is that?

This large bird has been seen around Strathnaver Drive, and seems to have taken up residence in the ‘rainy season’ lake on the bend. He aha tērā? What is that?

Large white and grey bird by a lake.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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Answer: it’s a kuihi, greylag goose:

Identification: Length: 80 cm; Weight: 3 kg

Similar species: Cape Barren goose, Canada goose, Mute swan

A large long-necked goose with orange bill and legs. Males are entirely white and females have large greyish brown patches, especially on the neck, lower breast and sides.

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