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|Tarapunga of Mokoia Island|
Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus
The Little Gulls of Mokoia, by Hon. Sir Maui Pomare
Conservation Status: Protected Native
Mainland Status: Widespread and locally common
Size: 37cm, 300g (male); 250g(female)
Life Span: 6 yrs (male), 9 yrs (female)
(oldest recorded - 28yrs)
Breeding: October - December
Diet: Varied: small fish,crustaceans, molluscs
A winged habitant of the Rotorua country familiar to those who have done much fishing and camping round the lakes is the little sober plumaged gull that the Maori call the Tarapunga. Really a sea-bird, it found these lakes and the fishes thereof so much to its liking when it first made its way there from the Bay of Plenty coast - which is only thirty five miles away - that it became a permanent settler.
It has breeding places on the pumice cliffs which shine as white as chalk on the eastern and north-eastern shores of Lake Rotorua. As night comes down, you will see it making homeward for its cliff nest, and often through the dark you may hear, particularly if you are in camp on the eastern side of the lake or on Mokoia Island, the thin, sharp cry of some belated gull, suggesting, say, a peevish ghost that has come home too late and found itself locked out.
Mokoia is a favourite haunt of the little birds. There is a low, sandy point which runs out to the eastward of Paepaerau beach, on the flat where the islanders have their whares and cultivations. On this point we used to see flocks of Tarapunga waiting patiently until the coming Marangai, the nor'-east breeze, should bring the shoals of whitebait, plentiful in the lake at certain seasons, close to shore. Presently there would be excitement and terror amongst the silvery Inanga, and jubilation amongst the well dined Tarapaunga.
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Hello Sweety, focus is soft on this one but its still a lovely Pic and the BG does look wonderful. Well done.
Very nice bird and nice photo with good composition.
Tanks for Sharing
I'm living around the gulls and like them except their noises.
This is a pretty one who was posing you.Lighting,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.
I love BG! Looks so colorful and so relaxing. I would like to walk there and feel leafs under my feet!
- [2005-06-22 3:54]
Very nice Tarapunga Sweety :-) Little soft but still great! I like its pose and face. Saturated greens on BG make great composition.
- [2005-06-22 4:12]
Wonderful capture.Colors,lighting,angry expression on face and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)
Sweety, a colorful and joyful shot.
Excellent pov and composition. I like the bg too.
I tried a workshop.
- [2005-06-29 3:15]
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.