It was a case of beak-a-boo.
Last Thursday the Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade got quacking after being called to rescue a duck, which tried to get a bird’s-eye view of Lake Whakatipu, but got itself in a bit of a flap.
A member of the public called 111 just before noon to report a ‘‘distressed duck stuck high in a tree’’.
The Lord of the Wings had its beak wedged in a hole in the tree, near Frankton Marina, while three other ducks hovered nearby honking their support.
As a crowd gathered around the tree, Frankton vollies got their ducks in a row, unfurling a long ladder and sending one member climbing up with a chisel, used to free the duck’s beak.
The ubiquitous waddler was plucked to safety after about 35 minutes in what could only be described as a ducking amazing rescue.