NUKUHOU SALTMARSH

hidden fern-birds
among the salt marsh
small and secretive
crouching
in protective denseness
where the Bittern’s
hopeful booming
echoes in drum notes
across the reeds

wetlands2

wetlands3

wetlands

Fernbirds (matata) are poor fliers who can sometimes be seen scrambling through dense vegetation. They are heard more often than seen.  Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to see them this time…

The Australasian bittern (matuku) is also an endangered species, and has a distinctive booming call during the mating season.