Tales of the Waikanae Estuary
By Michael (Mik) Peryer

bookcoverHaving retired to the beach beside the Waikanae estuary, builder Mik Peryer has found he enjoys introducing visitors to the birds in his “backyard”.The estuary is host to over sixty species, including godwits that migrate to and from Siberia.

Mik’s guided walks have led to talks with hundreds of interested people and groups, from Wellington, Hutt Valley to Waipukarau and to┬áthe production of a popular booklet and now this richly illustrated, informative and entertaining book.


We have some pieces from Mik’s magical book for you to taste.

Remarkable Love Story

gooseRead about a truly amazing Love Story …

… between a goose and a swan.

Henrietta, the injured black swan, was at least 30 years old. Thomas the goose had been her mate for some 18 gay years.

Like all love stories Thomas and Henrietta have had their ups and downs.

Find out more about this unusual pairing and their wonderful relationship in Mik’s book.

The Black Shag

Shag in Tree

Shag in Tree

Shags drying their wings

Shags drying their wings

The Black Shag is the cheeky character of the lagoon – once pinching a flounder out of Mik’s set net.

The Little Black Shag is the vandal of the estuary hunting the river in packs of 30 or more.


This marvellous book is available for sale directly through Mik.


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