Walking toward Te Horo beach yesterday I saw kahu, the harrier, coming in from the sea. It kept trying to find some lift in the air, but instead kept sinking down out of sight, plummeting toward the dunes, only to appear again, flapping its way upward.
Kahu was the one reason we could not call the settlement realm, introduced. Because they introduced themselves!
I wanted the big birds – the giant hunters – to be numero uno in each realm. Karearea (the NZ falcon) for forest; toroa (the royal albatross) for sea; hokioi (the giant eagle) for extinct: and kahu (the harrier) for settlement.
Of course 3 of these birds turn up in the predator realm as well. The fourth – toroa – hunts too, but far away from land.
Once, they ruled. Maintaining the balance in their realm. As only good hunters can do.