I have spotted this beautiful bird flying off a number of times as I've walked through the paddocks, but haven't managed to photograph it until yesterday.
The white-faced heron arrived in New Zealand in the 1940's and is now our most common heron. This elegant medium sized heron can be seen most often around rocky shores and mudflats, but this one seems happy to live on the farm.
Their diet consists of small fish, crabs, worms, insects, spiders, mice, lizards and frogs, most of which he can find in and around the paddocks.
They seem happy to be solitary birds until the breeding season, which will be coming up in a few months. Hopefully he can lure a lady friend to come and share his patch of rural New Zealand.