A curious tui, spoiled by a constant supply of sugar water (1 cup of sugar to 1 litre water) thought he'd check out my brew of home-made sake. I can say he wasn't impressed. (A gentle reminder; click on the photos for a larger view.)
"OK. Now what's this?"
"Boy! That's different!"
"Is it me, or has that stuff got a kick?"
"Yurrk. Not for me! It does have an unpretentious 'nose', though, and subtle hints of rice and sultanas."
They are a beautiful bird, and can sing like an angel. Contrary to what your eyes inform you, there are apparently no black feathers on them. They are a constant delight in our garden as they come and go.