White Heron – Kotuku (92cm)

At the end of July a white heron arrived in Omokoroa, as it has done in previous years, leaving in mid September.

It appeared to spend much of its time on the ponds below Tinopai Drive or in the goldfish pond at the retirement village. Kotuku eat small fish, eels, frogs, tadpoles and goldfish.

Herons breed on the west coast of the South Island between September and January. Breeding birds have a black bill and lacy feathers which extend beyond the folded wings and tail. Non-breeding birds have a yellow bill and do not have the lacy feathers.