(Ken, don’t read this – You’ve been warned OK?)
As you may remember (check here if you don’t – linkie) boggy roadsides and pasture are the one of the favoured hangouts of one of our common New Zealand birds, the pukeko. I think I also mentioned that pukekos are not very bright about roads.
As we started our drive away on our holiday, it was about the time of evening that the pukekos like to graze. So there’s any number of them out in the paddocks (fields) and PB & I are discussing how we must try to get some better close-up photos of them on this trip.
Then two pop up out of the ditch on the side of the road. And cross the road. Just as we are driving towards them. Just as a car is coming towards them on the other side of the road also. Did I mention before that pukekos aren’t the brightest
We hit one.
The car hit one.
I did mention before that pukekoes are not very road-savy didn’t I?
At least the vehicles didn’t hit each other.
There was no way to avoid them.
It was them, or the other car, or end up in the ditch.
We stopped – the car didn’t. The one we hit with the van was, well, dead.
PB couldn’t find the other one, so we hope it just got clipped but was OK.
So that was a bad start to our holiday.
Our record for the whole trip.
– Pukekoes 1
– Small nasty insects 100’s
– Pukekoes 3
– Rabbits 2
– Quail families 5+ (also not very bright about crossing the road)
– Harrier hawks 1
– Small birds 10+
In the end we never did get any really good close-up pic of the pukekos. Here are a few of our efforts.
And here are some other pukeko we spotted on the trip.
And coming soon to a blog near you are a number of new entries:
A Cache A Day (including another surprise FTF !)
Rock On Kiwi Music!
Freedom Camping in New Zealand (or Would You Poo behind a Bush?)