Giant Petrel

I found this Giant Petrel (Pāngurunguru) on my run the other morning. It must have been exhausted or sick. My dog walk right up to it and sniffed. He didn’t move. They are quite rare birds in the sense that you don’t see them. I’ve never seen one. They are from Antartica and are huge, the same size as the Wandering Albotross. I didn’t want to get too close so took a rather shaking photo with my phone. I also rang Nga Manu (bird santuary) and the SPCA, both said they too under staffed to help. I looked this bird up in the Seabirds of NZ book. They had bad reputations amongst the Pakeha (European) settlers and were really useful and respected amongst Maori of the time. Hmm, typical (-:

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