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The tōrea pango is endemic to Aotearoa with all-black birds increasing from north to south. This is a gorgeous, all-black bird with a bright orange bill and bright red eyes.
This pair were cruising around on the sand, closer to the sand dunes at Allans Beach.
These two were in close proximity to a female Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri) who was sleeping on the sand resembling a sand bag but she looked up to check us out (see spotting: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/13... ) More interesting reading: https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-an...
Spotted on Aug 30, 2021
Submitted on Oct 9, 2021