mount victoria lookout

This is a Tui, a bird native to New Zealand. This one is sitting on a flax flower stalk with pollen coating his head. We were taking in the view at Mount Victoria lookout, as he was busy hopping from stalk to stalk, chasing off the smaller birds ensuring all of the nectar was kept for himself. Everyone in New Zealand loves them, and it’s often a cause of excitement and exclamation when one is spotted. I can see why as their colours are remarkable.