Guess who’s sneaking up behind my house?
I like Pukeko’s (Swamp Hens, if you’re Australian). They may be noisy, but they are very pretty, and have a really interesting social structure. I rescued a baby one that had been hit by a car, and the adults were all trying to protect it, it was very sad. (Last I heard, pukeko was recovering slowly at the Bird Sanctuary by Whanganui thanks to the TLC of the amazing work those two ladies do. Seriously, they are wonder women).
It’s a lovely thing to look out your kitchen window and see a native bird just outside! Even better when they are eating the weeds. Eat little fella, eat. Theres PLENTY more where that came from.