Pāteke / brown teal are a small dabbling duck found only in New Zealand. They are our rarest duck, with a wild population of around 2500 birds.
Motutapu is an ideal site to release pāteke as it has just right mix of habitat for this at risk native bird.
The release marked the start of a five-year plan that aims to establish a self-sustaining population of 50 breeding pairs of pāteke on Motutapu.
Thanks to Bayer New Zealand for funding the release.
Photo: Sabine Bernert ©