Sunday, April 2, 2006

Invested in a set of Jacques Cousteau documetaries of a trip or trips through the Pacific in the 1980's. I've only had a chance to watch the programs filmed in New Zealand. The second episode ends with a visit to the Waitangi Roto Nature Reserve and footage of the reserve's white herons. I didn't even know herons came in white.

White herons, known as kotoku (Maori word, I believe) displaying

And  a pair with their two chicks. The reserve is located on the South Island just above the southwest corner of the island. Absolutely fantastic. More information, and pictures, can be found at this site.


toonguykc said...

I hope the heron chicks get along better than the blue-footed boobie chicks hatched on the Galapogos Islands.  Only one survives.  It's ugly and sad.  I still haven't fully recovered from watching a documentary about them.  (whimper)


tenyearnap said...

That top picture just makes me fall in love...ahhhh.