Here’s a bird most of you won’t ever have seen or even heard of, the pūkeko,* Porphyrio melanotus. I photographed this one on February 4 in Shakespear** Regional Park at the eastern tip of the Whangaparaoa*** Peninsula north of Auckland.
For more information about the pūkeko, which unlike the kiwi can still fly, check out New Zealand Birds Online.
* A bar (technically called a macron) over a vowel indicates that the vowel is to be pronounced for a longer time than regular vowels. Many languages (but not English) make a distinction between long vowels and regular vowels, so that pā would be a different word from pa and have a different meaning.
** That’s not a typo: there’s no e at the end of Shakespear. The name that’s now most commonly spelled Shakespeare was historically spelled in various ways.
*** In words of Māori origin, wh is pronounced f.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman