The Southern Black-backed Gull
This large gull is a a native of New Zealand and is found from the coast to the farmland. It is one of New Zealand's few native birds that is not protected, and in fact is sometimes quite a pest on farms around lambing time.
We spotted this chick along the beach at Kapiti Island. He blended in to the stony beach and was hard to spot until he moved. They are 3 years old before they molt into the sleek black and white adult plumage. Until then they are a grey mottled colour.
The mother arrived on the scene and let us know she was unimpressed with the fact that we were admiring her baby. It is easy to see why they do so well, not many animals would stand up to them.
She kept an eye on us to make sure we left. A very handsome looking bird, but not one I would argue with.