Royal Spoonbill an Aussie import to NZ

According to my Collins, Birds of New Zealand, it seems these handsome birds, Royal Spoonbills,  arrived from Australia in about 1949 and were first seen nesting then at Okarito on the South Islands West Coast – a place on my bucket list for when they are nesting.


I took this photo of juveniles a week ago – apparently they hang out in this Wellington estuary while maturing.

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