The Buller’s mollymawk is one of the more abundant small Albatrosses occurring around coastal areas of New Zealand. Their striking black-and-golden-yellow bill and smart black-and-white plumage make them readily identifiable. They love flying behind fishing boats trying to get a free feed.
Endemic to New Zealand, these waterfowl are noisy, colourful and rather conspicuous. Their population has taken decades to heal again after they were excessively hunted in the past, but now they’re a great spot. We just love how the female and male plumages are contrasting, all ready to waddle down the catwalk. We also discovered a connection between humans and these ducks! Males have a deep goose-like honk, while the female has a much more shrill, rapid & persistent sound. Does that not sound familiar to you?
The Southern black-backed gull (or ‘Black-back’) is one of the most eco-rich and familiar large birds in New Zealand. Adults have a white head and underparts, with a black back, yellow bill with red spot near tip of lower mandible, and pale green legs. They can be found throughout most habitats in New Zealand, excluding forest and scrub.
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