FROM THE NEWS DESK
A bird in the hand? Earlier this week I learnt that the poor old kiwi isn’t actually an official national bird for New Zealand.
Northern NZ Seabird Trust cofounder Chris Gaskin reckons it’s time we officially choose a bird that better represents New Zealanders, and has bravely put forward - a seagull. Yes, a seagull - those scavenging, squawking swoopers, fighting among themselves over every last scrap, and surrounding you when you’re trying to enjoy your nice, peaceful picnic on the beach.
To be fair, Gaskin has selected a native seagull - a Buller’s shearwater (Rako) - but I’m not entirely sure that it would be an adequate representation of our fair country and it’s people.
Lets see, the iconic kiwi: kind of fluffy, cute, nocturnal, can’t fly, not seen very often. The Rako: spends a lot of time at the beach or out at sea fishing, likes picnics, loves to fly, can score a free feed, heads off on her OE to the Northern Pacific then comes home to breed.
Maybe he’s onto something, after all...
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