Bill Smith, the Birdman of Gordonton, is hitting the news following the rescue of a storm-drenched baby morepork in Hamilton.
Featured on TV3, the NZ Herald and the Waikato Times, as Department of Conservation spokesperson Bill reported the little bird appeared fit and well.
It had been made homeless by recent bad weather and was discovered on the side of the road by passing police constable Richard Collier.
The bird spent the night in the police station where a makeshift bed was made for it, and DOC contacted.
Bill Smith told TV3 the morepork will be released later in the year, and was probably this year’s chick.
“We’ll look to reunite the officer and bird when we’re ready to release it later in the year,” he says.
Constable Collier was glad to be able to help. “It was a pretty special experience, he was a friendly wee fella – if in fact, it was a boy – and our team were pretty stoked at being able to see it on its way safely.”