Story: Herons

A depiction for children

A depiction for children

The elegance of white herons makes them wonderful subjects for illustrated books. Chris Gaskin’s illustrations of a children’s story by Philip Temple capture the birds in their natural setting. These ones are at their breeding colony, where adults tend their chicks on twiggy nests against a backdrop of tall kahikatea trees.

Using this item

Private collection
Reference: Philip Temple and Chris Gaskin, Kotuku: the flight of the white heron. Auckland: Hodder & Stoughton, 1994
Artwork by Chris Gaskin

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Gerard Hutching, 'Herons - White herons – kōtuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015