Native red-billed gull shot with bow

The red-billed gull/tarāpunga was seen on Thursday 27 February near the road tunnels in the Barney’s Rock-Panau Island area, south of Kaikōura. It could be the same red-billed gull with what appears to be a crossbow bolt through its chest that has also been reported in the Kaikōura area recently. The gull was said to be flying and behaving normally.

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