Sightings of the often elusive Kotuku (white heron) are proving to be popular around Porirua at the moment.
Both Aotea resident Alan Wickens and Plimmerton’s John Chipper photographed a Kotuku over Easter, while Brent Higham was on his way to work on April 19 when he crossed paths with a white heron in Porirua Stream, opposite Porirua Train Station.
‘‘It then flew to the lagoon below Aotea College.
‘‘I then managed to take many photos of this rare visitor . . . It also appeared on the garage roof of a friend of mine who videoed it on his roof, truly remarkable.’’
Mr Wickens was walking alongside the motorway near Aotea when he saw a Kotuku bathing in one of the wildlife lakes.
‘‘I know these birds sometimes visit our area but it was lovely to be able to get up very close to watch it,’’ he said.
Mr Chipper said folks are lucky to see a Kotuku three times in their lifetime, and he was particularly startled to see one in a place as innocuous as someone’s front yard in Airlee Rd. It then tried to hitch a ride. ‘‘I couldn’t believe how big it was,’’ said Mr Chipper.