The Blue Duck, the one that features on the reverse side of a New Zealand's $10 note.
This species is an resident breeder in New Zealand,
nesting in hollow logs, small caves and other sheltered spots. It is a
rare duck, looking after their territories consistently on fast flowing mountain rivers.
The Blue Duck is a very limited species now threatened by being hunted by mammals especially stoats, competition for its food with trouts, and human activity causing the ceased mountain rivers flow for building work.
In 2011 the New Zealand Department of Conservation and Genesis Power
started the Whio Forever Project, a five-year management programme for
Whio (New Zealand locals, Maori, call the Blue Duck 'Whio'). It will enable the start of a national recovery plan that
will double the number of fully operational secure Blue Duck breeding
sites throughout New Zealand.
They are amazing animals and key factors that
influenced my visual developments are: they all inhabit New Zealand rivers,
they occur nowhere else is in the world, Blue Ducks have unique features
such as streamlined head and large webbed feet to enable them to feed in fast
moving water, and
they are in danger of extinction due to human activity. I have made many
drawings, some 3D objects and animated my animal to expose some of its habitual
behaviours and routines.