The Lyrebird (Australia)

The colours, flowers, wildlife and landscapes of Australia draw me like a magnet. Through Twitter I found nature photos taken by Carol Probets and requested permission to share her lyrebird photo here on my blog. From Carol's tweets I learned that the name lyrebird comes from the tail's similarity to a lyre, an ancient type... Continue Reading →

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The Whole World isn’t in Winter

The bad bout of flu threw me off balance. It got me thinking about a depressed state of mind and the help that's available. The world around us has lots to offer. So do the people around us. It's pretty typical though to suffer flu in the winter and the world can seem a very... Continue Reading →

Tapestry Wings, Moth by Pete Hillman. Antique colours, tapestry wings.

Kakapo Chicks

Kakapo are a very special and endearing native New Zealand parrot of which there are few left (currently only 142 alive, plus 72 chicks that aren't included in the count until they're older). The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has been caring for a lot of this season's chicks - today I found a great video about... Continue Reading →

Yellow-eyed Penguins (NZ endemic)

The yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho is endemic to New Zealand and much effort is put into trying to look after and protect those that are left - their conservation status is Threatened - Nationally Endangered which means they are facing high risk of extinction in the short term. One bright winter's day in Dunedin we... Continue Reading →

Spotted Shags (Cormorants)

Spotted shags and a single gull, found by Nigel yesterday when he visited the Kaka Point area in The Catlins. Looking at the photos last night, neither of us knew the identity of this shag but I'm confident from my online research that these are Spotted Shags. This is on the south coast of the... Continue Reading →

Group of shags (cormorants) and single gull on a rocky outcrop at Kaka Point in The Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 14 June 2019

Tuatara, New Zealand

I enjoyed reading the responses to my  Peace and Quiet  post about the Tuatara Lodge cafe in Invercargill, Southland. Those responses have prompted me to do this post about tuatara (the last photo in the Peace and Quiet post showed a tuatara painted on the outside of the building). Steve Schwartzman (Texas, USA) commented "You... Continue Reading →

Fighting For The Fossils

Whoomph.. the volcano blew its top and left a crater. The big hole, shaped like an ice-cream cone, then filled with water. There was nothing to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the lake (described as "anoxic" i.e. no oxygen). Around the lake an evergreen rainforest, a "vine forest", supported all sorts of plant... Continue Reading →

Fossil Lake, Foulden Maar

Beautiful drawing of Foulden Maar fossil lake deposit. "This reconstruction of the 23-million-year-old fossil lake deposit Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, was commissioned by palaeontologist Dr Daphne Lee and drawn by artist/ecologist Dr Paula Peeters. The preservation of the site is so good that individual flowers, leaves, and insects can be identified. The drawing... Continue Reading →

They Don’t Bat an Eyelid

It seems that huge commercial interests don't bat an eyelid at mining 23 MILLION years of preserved history and processing it into poultry and pig feed. I've recently shared with you the amazing discovery of ancient moa footprints and NOW, only a short distance away, at Foulden Maar... Credit: By Kimberley Collins - Own work,... Continue Reading →

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