Flocks of Mowers

During a walk at the end of March we were excited to find two species of mowers resident at our local golf course. The white species are commonly seen throughout New Zealand either individually or in flocks. The dark species are usually solitary and require shelter. Viewing flocks of both species in close proximity is unusual.

Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand

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Two species of mowers, by Liz  🙂


Dark mower detail, by Nigel

White mowers (two photos), by Liz


Golf course, white mowers and the Blue Mountains in far distance


Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. Good one, Ms. Liz! The title of the post had me expecting to find a large groups of birds named Mowers that must only be found in New Zealand! The white ones are most certainly a large flock but I doubt that they fly, or for that matter, not the second flock either! The pastoral setting of the last two photos is so calming. The top photo captures both flocks together in all their differences. Benjamin would be intrigued by the enlarged photo, he loves searching for details. Nigel’s enlarged photo would amuse him! Thank-you!

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  2. That’s great! 🙂 My dad is always talking about getting a couple of goats or sheep, and selling his lawnmower when he retires. They’re also very nice photos, particularly the closeup of the rotary blades.

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    1. Thank you! Nigel was very happy with how his closeup photo came out. Sheep are grazers so encourage your dad to choose them rather than goats which are browsers and need way more minerals than they get from grass (hence why they try their best to get to trees, shrubs and weeds).

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  3. The problem with the white mowers is that they don’t just mow the grass – my Mum’s tulips got mowed too, LOL! (Many years ago.)

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    1. Thank you Mike, he’s rendered speechless right now as he’s brushing his teeth but made appreciative noises as I read out your comment 😉
      Thank you!


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