Weka (Gallirallus australis)
Location: Punakaiki, South Island, New Zealand
This the Weka (Gallirallus australis), a flightless bird native to New Zealand. We saw it at a picnic area where we stopped to eat our lunch, near Punakaiki, on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. We had never seen one before, and at first I thought it might be a kiwi. Fortunately a nearby visitor center had a chart identifying all the local birds, and we learned this was a Weka, also called a Woodhen.
It appeared that this individual hung out regularly at the picnic area where we saw it, looking for handouts. It was not very shy. It would come to within a meter of any humans who looked like they might have some food. I thought this one was quite a nice looking bird.