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My Garden ~ Pukeko’s chicks have hatched

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This evening we watched several Pukeko grazing on carrot weed roots in our paddocks, using use their strong red beaks to gouge the roots from the soil. We’ve taken special interest in one little family. Himself put up an electric fence around the nesting area to stop our inquisitive cattle from nosing amongst the grass that hides the nest.

I dared to snap a couple of photos of the nest before the mother bird hurried back. I counted four chicks and two unhatched eggs. There were originally eleven eggs. I guess a rat or stoat must have taken some eggs. I beat a retreat so she could tend to feeding her chicks.

Day-old chicks inside the nest Two unhatched eggs White tail flicks as Pukeko Mum calls to her chicks Nestling in the long grass Toddling after Mum

This season, these birds have decimated the sweet corn crop in my vegetable garden. They efficiently stripped the husks and pecked the kernels from the cobs. Pukeko can be regarded with either irritation or amusement – depends on the situation. We have have observed Pukeko raid the nests of other birds. We’ve also watched noisy ground-aerial battles between Pukeko and the hawks that circle before attempting to swoop on the fledgling chicks. Screeching aggressive stubborn birds.  But, on the other hand, Pukeko are often fondly viewed as character birds and feature in New Zealand stories or songs, design media and more recently, in advertisements.   Enjoy these Youtube snippets filmed by other people showing Pukeko in different situations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw8QJWdC650&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpkbO2cMILE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRCc4hJO40A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TvaafbahDU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8e6MUyJddI&feature=related

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

5 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Pukeko’s chicks have hatched

  1. Wow – they’re rather fantastic looking birds. They kind of look a bit like pheasants. I have to say, I quite like the power ad. 🙂

  2. Hello Jenny, I came across your blog last night while researching “raised gardens” I am excited to finally come across a Kiwi blogger with similar interests as mine, not one of the “youngsters” who prattle on about boys etc.
    It is 7:76am here in USA (I have been here 27 years) and after I have my coffee and get my day started, I intend on reading more of your blog.
    Just love the Pukeko and was delighted to see it on many Tourist souvenir items when I was there in November.
    Jennifer

  3. Hey Pat and Nezza – glad you enjoyed the pukeko. So nice to meet a kiwi blogger, Jennifer. Stay in touch. Cheers, Jenny.

  4. Pukekos are indeed one of the most amusing birds around us. Nice to read about them from a gardener’s perspective 🙂

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