21 He aha tērā? What is that?

You’ll see these large elegant all-white birds sweeping their long black bills with rounded ends through the water in the estuary or the lakes. The crest on the tops of their heads gives them a regal appearance. He aha tērā? What is that?

Two large white birds and two small black and white birds wading by the beach.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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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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