On a recent walk along the stopbank below Te Rakau we were delighted to spend some time watching a pair of NZ dabchicks. These charming little birds are most entertaining to watch as they dive down to the bottom of a pond or drain searching for food. They can make quite long dives and totally surprise you just how far they can travel underwater. Dougal and I spent nearly an hour watching them on a lovely warm autumn day. Enjoy Dougal’s pictures.