And they’re off!
Today’s photo shows DOC Ranger, Andrew Smart, releasing 150 rubber whio/blue ducks on to the Upukerora River, in Te Anau, for the Great Fiordland Whio Race last weekend.
The race was part of the Fiordland whio family fun day, celebrating Whio Awareness Month.
The day included face-painting, a blue duck dress-up competition, and a chance to meet Oska the DOC species dog, who is trained to sniff out whio in the wilds of Fiordland.
Read more about the Great Fiordland Whio Race on the DOC website.
Photo: Barry Harcourt ©