16 He aha tērā? What is that?

Look closer and you’ll see this isn’t a regular duck on the Reay Mackay Grove lakes. This colourful bird has a dark head and large dark bill, with a splash of white between the two. The body’s an almost luminous brown. They seem to hang out in groups. He aha tērā? What is that?

Colourful duck-like birds on a lake.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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15 He aha tērā? What is that?

The honking. The V-formation flying. The New Zealand population of these large birds with a distinctive white chin-strap is primarily descended from an importation of 50 birds in 1905. He aha tērā? What is that?

Two large birds by a lake, with black head and neck, white chin-strap, brown stripey bodies.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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