This kawau pāteketeke (spotted shag) is at Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula. The bird extends its neck as it prepares for flight. The saying ‘Ka mārō te kakī o te kawau’ (the neck of the shag is stiffened) refers to a column of men prepared to meet their enemies with a haka (war dance).
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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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