Murder and Matchmaking

Murder and Matchmaking
A novel mashup of Sherlock Holmes and Pride & Prejudice

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pukeko Watch

One of the perks of the morning stroll to the playground every morning is observing the antics of the local pukeko. They seem to enjoy poking around in grass near the park and often their foraging explorations lead them into the front yards of nearby houses.

Today a group of five pukeko appeared to have made themselves at home in the garden of one house. One of them was on top of the patio table, bobbing around like an exuberantly intoxicated party-goer who doesn’t realise the music has stopped playing. However, two of the birds were investigating the glass ranch slider door as though they were trying to figure out how to open it.

Now if it had been a kea, I would have been worried. They’d probably break in, dismantle just about everything, scratch out some rude graffiti with their beaks and then flee the scene with the television. A keruru, from what I’ve seen of them, would just raid the fruit bowl, or possibly the liquor cabinet. However, pukeko, as we all now know from the Genesis ad, are environmentally conscientious birds and as such have nobler reasons for entering your home.



It does make me want a tame pukeko regularly checking up on my home. I’d feel considerably happier if every time I left the house only to be struck with the unsettling worry that I might have forgotten to turn some appliance off, I could rest assured that the pukeko would take care of it. Maybe I should get a pukeko-sized cat-flap and start trying to lure them into my backyard…

6 comments:

Pukeko Maniac said...

as a last resort, you can always train your pukekos :)

Matt said...

I'm not sure how the cat would react to environmentally friendly birds in the house...

Pukeko Fan said...

Molly and M managed to get a baby pukeko into the house through the cat flap but fled in terror when cornered pukeko refused to play by the rules. its very loud noises and very big feet kept it safe until we returned home and liberated it in the local swamp. Pukekos 1, Cat power 0! They sure are cute birds.

Karen said...

I think pukekos are amazing birds... They have adapted well to human activity :-)

I associate them with giving birth to James because the day he was bborn my parents took me for a "bumpy ride" to Wanganui and I went into labour properly while walking around Virginia Lake...where there were many pukekos, playing follow the leader and one particularly beautiful moment where one was walking across lily pads amongst cream and pink water lilies...

When I was in transition stage my mother kept telling me me to think of something beautiful and that is the image I saw... So I tell J that his totem animal is the pukeko :-) Could be worse... they may be swamp hens, but they are so resilient!

Debbie Cowens said...

Pukeko Maniac - the pukeko pics on your website are awesome. :-)

Matt - the cat does seem confused when ducks shw up, trained pukeko may well explode her mind.

Pukeko Fan - go baby pukeko! Glad to hear it survived.

Karen - a pukeko is a fantastic totem animal to have.

Gilly said...

They are great birds indeed. I live with one - brought up by me after it was orphaned as a tiny chick.
Pav is almost 2 years old now and although drives me spare at times, mostly he is fun, affectionate and very funny. Just wish he wouldn't keep getting spring fever :)

Remember to vote for Pukes on the Forest & Bird yearly favourite bird poll. www.forestandbird.org.nz.