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Churchgoers See Rare New Zealand Bird

White Heron visits Rangiora Latter-day Saint meetinghouse grounds

Worshipers at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rangiora, New Zealand, were delighted to see a rare white heron, or kōtuku, in their meetinghouse grounds on Sunday 28 July.

Gert Hendriks, a local Latter-day Saint, noticed the bird and recognized it as the bird he has looked for over many years.   


"I went to the West Coast as a young fella to see them and I didn't see one,"  Gert Hendriks told Christchurch newspaper, The Press.

"I have never seen one in my whole life and then one pops up in Rangiora."


Gert's wife, Wendy Hendriks, snapped a photo of the bird before it flew off.



There are approximately 200 white heron in New Zealand living in wetlands and estuaries.

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