White wan­derer

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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.

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