This poor Tui was drenched! At first it was thought that he was injured, but after a short break he happily flew off. I guess with the winds and the rain he was exhausted and taking a break on flat land to recover.
Tūī are unique (endemic) to New Zealand and belong to the honeyeater family, which means they feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as kōwhai, puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā and flax. Occasionally they will eat insects too. Tūī are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods.
Tūī will live where there is a balance of ground cover, shrubs and trees. Tūī are quite aggressive, and will chase other tūī and other species (such as bellbird, silvereye and kereru) away from good food sources.
Sony HDR-CX12E Camera New Zealand 18 Sept 2010