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Monday, December 4, 2017

WEKA, BLUMINE/ORUAWAIRUA ISLAND, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this rail as the Western Weka subspecies of the Weka by its overall brown color mottled with black and grey, red eyes (if you look closely at the first photo you can see the red), strong pointed bill, greyish chin and throat and sturdy reddish legs.
   The Weka is a flightless bird endemic to New Zealand and is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 746.