Muddy pukeko, Foxton Beach



The pukeko prowling about on the mudflats at Foxton Beach last week were habituated to people passing by (here in the valley they’re much more wary) and consequently offered reasonable photo opportunities. And, no, this is not a mutant bird: that off-white on the bird’s bill and face is dried mud. Judging from the mud-line, I’m guessing it had its eyes closed when it grubbed for that particular tasty morsel.

[1/200 sec at f4; ISO 250]

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