The New Zealand Weka is one of our iconic flightless birds.
Sometimes called a Woodhen, the Weka is a member of the Rail family. They are 3 to 5 times larger than the Banded Rail at about 50-60cm long (20+ in).
We observed this mother and her chick on Kapiti Island. They are curious birds and are attracted to humans in search of food scraps.
They have a varied diet from fruit and seeds to bugs, lizards, mice, rats, eggs and other ground nesting birds chicks. Two of them were even seen attacking a stoat!
This shot of the chick took a bit of luck. They move fast and he wasn't stopping to pose.
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