Bells are being rung in Auckland today as the first Rugby World Cup chickens come home to roost.
These graceful migratory birds have taken more than two years to get here. Veteran birdwatchers say their arrival could have been predicted from the day Murray McCully was made Rugby World Cup Minister.
On the Auckland waterfront, crowds gathered to see thousands of chickens landing on Mr McCully's head and shoulders.
They will stay there for some time to come, along with the albatross already around his neck.
In some cultures the chicken is considered a bird of ill omen.