This in an annual competition ran by the Forest and Bird Society. The votes have all been counted and the New Zealand Bird of the Year for 2018 is……….the kereru, or wood pigeon. A large bird which crashes through the forest canopy in search of berries to eat. The fate of many forests is linked to that of the kereru, as it's the only native bird big enough to swallow and disperse the large fruit of karaka, miro, tawa and taraire.
As some of you know, we are currently on holiday in our caravan. And I just happen to have a couple of hand made items featuring the kereru. Such as a set (of two) placemats with a New Zealand inspired print of the birds feeding on puriri berries.
Then there is the little stitchery I did which is hanging on the wall – hand quilted too, I’m happy to report. This was finished earlier in the year.
So there we have it, my salute to the New Zealand Bird of the Year. I seem to have a bit of a thing for our native birds, as I know there are a couple more bird wall-hangings at home.