Rare white pukeko gives Otago farmer the runaround
Fri, 05 Aug 2011 3:07p.m.
By 3news.co.nz staff
An Oamaru farmer has caught a rare white pukeko on video and hatched a plan to catch the bird in real life.
Chris Black, who runs a farm in North Otago, says he first spotted the bird a few days ago and has tried to catch it ever since.
The video shows the bird mingling with its indigo-coloured counterparts.
Mr Black can be seen creeping up cat-like on the bird, before it flies away to another part of his property.
The farmer told 3 News he has devised a plan to tire the bird out and then catch it while it rests.
Last month, another North Otago farmer told the Otago Daily Times that white pukekos had been born at his farm in the previous spring.
The Department of Conservation told ODT at the time that white pukekos were known about but considered “reasonably rare”.
Watch raw footage of the white pukeko
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6/08/2011 8:28:06 p.m.
Leave the bird alone!
6/08/2011 6:07:08 p.m.
I bagged a brown one during the duckshooting season.That fullas got no chance of catching it alive but come next season someone will shoot it.Pukekos kill many ducklings eat eggs and kill native chicks like the whio or blue duck.
6/08/2011 10:55:37 a.m.
Shoot it, they're nice gently roasted, it doesn't matter whay colour it is.
6/08/2011 10:47:37 a.m.
Ok Chris.. What will do do if you actually catch this bird, Which I pray you dont.. Just the exisistence of this bird shows us how beautifull nature can really be.. So I agree with the others LEAVE IT ALONE!!
6/08/2011 12:48:33 a.m.
At least the white pukeko showed the others that it's on to it. thats gotta be attractive lol
5/08/2011 6:57:08 p.m.
We live in Oamaru as well and we have three of the white pukekos they are around a year old now, they were so cute as little chicks last year that guy should just leave it alone like we have and let it go and make more of thw rare birds.
5/08/2011 6:57:04 p.m.
this is on the farm that i work on, i havent seen it yet
5/08/2011 6:33:39 p.m.
What is wrong with this man? He thinks only of personal glory and not about the beauty of nature - leave the bird alone, ffs!
5/08/2011 4:24:10 p.m.
I agree. Let it be.
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