Saturday, September 23, 2006

Random Auckland

There are so many things that Lonely Planet doesn't tell you about.

See the bird on the left? It looks like a seagull, walks like a seagull, and talks like a seagull. But it's also gigantic, so really it's like a big mutant seagull. The other white bird in this picture is a normal seagull and, as you can tell, is much smaller. Fortunately, a trip to the wildlife exhibit at Te Papa eased my fears that there is something gene-altering substance in the NZ water systems, and I learned that the gigantic seagull is actually a skua. The regular-sized seagull is just a regular seagull.

I walked into one of these mushrooms assuming it would make me double in size. When it didn't, I gave up on saving the princess.

Another ginormous bird, this time in the botanic gardens. From a distance it just looked like a duck, but upon closer inspection I think it was actually a small horse in a duck costume. That is my foot in the picture to give you some perspective on just how large this bird is. I think that the fact that I was able to get so close is a pretty good indication that this bird is aware of its size and knows that it could kill me with little effort.


rminerath said...

OMG, when you come back we are setting aside an entire day to play old school nintendo!

Jaya Lakshminarayanan said...

We have giant gulls out here too--not like the little wimpy ones that fly over the Kroger parking lot. When I saw them for the first time I talked about it for about 20 minutes, more than enough time for my new Massachusetts friends to get tired of hearing, "Those gulls are huge. Huge!"

Chris said...

High point in Hilarity - mental image of Geetha walking into a mushroom followed by a look of extreme disappointment. Shoulder slump coupled with the worse news that her princess was in another castle.