[New Zealand, 2012]
The South Island robin (toutouwai)
is one of New Zealand's friendliest and most inquisitive birds.
Stop anywhere for a few minutes and they will flit down from the branches
to check you out and gobble up any insects you've disturbed.
And if you stay still long enough they'll use that sharp little beak to
unpick your boots or investigate your pack - or peck your leg until they
draw blood (that's not a graze at bottom right, it's a bird-inflicted
I don't know if this little fella's pecking was motivated by curiosity or
genuine bloodlust, but don't be fooled by that cute exterior...