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Friday, September 2, 2011
Today - An Oil Study of a Pukeko
Yesterday's study was a Common Moorhen, found in North America (and perhaps elsewhere?). Today's study is a Pukeko, one of my favorite New Zealand birds. The Pukeko (poo - keck - oh) is is a New Zealand icon. In addition to seeing them in paddocks, estuaries and even alongside the road, tourist shops are loaded with pukeko souvenirs. The bird is about the size of a large chicken. They can fly long distances and also swim. They eat mainly plant material which they hold parrot-fashion with one foot. There is a similar bird in the South Island called a Takahe - though it is flightless and much heavier.