Unique is defined as…
1.existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics: a unique copy of an ancient manuscript.
2.having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable: Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint.
3.limited in occurrence to a given class, situation, or area: a species unique to Australia.
4.limited to a single outcome or result; without alternative possibilities: Certain types of problems have unique solutions.
5.not typical; unusual: She has a very unique smile.
There is much in this world that I find unique, but one of my favourite examples is this little guy.
With the arrival of man and their delivery of many introduced species to New Zealand our bird life has suffered. New Zealand birds [many flightless] had no natural enemies before these arrivals, and as such have no defences against predators.
The Pukeko has done the opposite…it has flourished and adapted and it is not surprising to see this wetland bird roaming parks in urban areas. It has also become a Kiwi icon. No craft or souvenir shop can be found without there being a Pukeko in some form being displayed.
One of their cutest habits is to take their food in a claw and lift it to their mouth. I am still trying to catch a shot of that. Stayed tuned.