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Blue duck or whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchus)  
   

Blue duck or whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchus)

one of the long shots: a pair almost in the centre of the photo, just to the right of the white-water.
ARTHURS PASS - WHIO AND CHAMOIS!

May 21st 2013
Last part of the voyage home, from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass. I stayed at the Mountain House Backpackers as I always do, where I had a dorm room to myself. The bus gets into Arthurs Pass Village at about 9.30 am so you’ve got the whole day there even if only staying overnight. I headed off up the Bridal Veil track which leads through forest almost all the way to the top of the pass. Curiously ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Arthur's Pass National Park

New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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