A native parrot seldom seen in Taranaki has suddenly swooped into Eltham to feast on flowering kowhai trees.
No-one knows where the kaka has come from and Conservation Department ranger Bryan Williams says it has been years since one was last seen in Taranaki.
"He was certainly getting his fill," Mr Maindonald said of the bird his family have since dubbed "Kare the kaka" after the nearby Lake Rotokare reserve.
"It's totally unmistakable," Mr Maindonald said.
"It had all the right plumage and dark green top feathers and he's got a big hooked beak on him."
Years ago kaka used to visit Taranaki annually, mostly showing up in ones and twos in Brooklands and Waitara, Mr Williams said.
"But we haven't had them there for quite a few years."Eltham's kaka was not tagged, so there was no way of knowing where it flew in from, Mr Williams said.
Mr Maindonald had lived in Eltham for nearly 15 years and had not heard of a kaka being seen before.
"I'm pretty rapt it's in our garden."
DOC would like to hear of any further sightings of kaka in Taranaki, Mr Williams said.