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It’s a beautiful bird, the Kereru. One was perched sideways on a tree that had berries in our backyard this week nibbling at the berries. It then crabbed sideways down the tree to eat more. I was on the windtrainer outside sweating my ring off watching it and it was almost cathartic. Then it flew off and came back a few times.
They look graceful enough when they are sitting on their arse….
In flight they are more graceful than a turkey, that’s about all you can give them. Kind of a bird equivalent of a bumble bee, the wings seem too small for that great fat body that dangles below as they thrash their way forward through the air.
I grew up in Rotorua, never ever saw one there, assumed they must be impossibly rare.
Went tramping at Fox Glacier as a teenager – OMFG LOOK! A KERERU! WOW!! I never thought I’d see one of those.
Since then I’ve lived in a few places and noticed they seem pretty abundant in Chch and Wellington…