Although the birds of New Zealand do not generally compare in brilliance of hue as those of, say, Australia there are some very beautiful and exceptionally interesting ones. For me one of the loveliest is the Welcome Swallow. I have blogged a number of times on this joyful bird: see this list at Postvorta.
They are exceptionally fast and not in the least bit afraid of coming within a few feet of a person to catch some tasty insect morsels attracted by the carbon dioxide emitted in our breath or perhaps the blood on which they like to feed! I've only managed to capture them in flight on one trip to Miranda.
When I was at Pauline's there were some youngsters nearby and I managed to get one sitting on a post not far away (but through a window). They may not be my best Welcome Swallow photos but they are close runners in the cuteness stakes.