Curio Bay, The Catlins, New Zealand

Curio Bay in The Catlins, Southland. Site of the petrified forest (more to come). The bird is a white-faced heron, self-introduced in the 1940s. By Liz 11 Nov 2019.

Tale of a Tail

Sunday, while showing visitors around Central Otago we turned off the highway onto a side road and there was a peacock in all his glory raising beautiful tail feathers to great effect - in the middle of the road! It was like the show was just for us! We assumed there was a peahen somewhere... Continue Reading →

Autumn Colours

Although currently Spring in New Zealand I want to share with you this gorgeous Autumn watercolour painting that I viewed on my birthday visit to the 2019 Arts Gold Finalists Exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra, Central Otago. Dorothy Piper  |  Reflections of Autumn Dorothy Piper is from Alexandra. Photos taken October... Continue Reading →

Handsome Pheasant

One of the handsome golden pheasants made an appearance when we visited Maple Glen Garden on 06 October but not as close as previously. I still wanted to post the shots though. He was more interested in keeping close to a near female than being near us.  For a closer view, see  The Golden Boy.... Continue Reading →

Sweet Spring

Yesterday morning we walked from our home to our local plant nursery. We'd just left the plant nursery when we spotted a cosy scene complete with very content feline. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. The Contented Cat We spotted the cat sitting in the dappled shade under the elm tree. The yellow blossom to the... Continue Reading →

Crawling With Ladybirds

Some time ago Nigel spotted this red car in Dunedin and it's a beauty! The guy on the left is legging it.. ladybird phobia, I wonder? Nigel's take: reluctantly using his wife's car and it's like ... SHAME !!!  Any other ideas? (apart from 'he wants to get out of the photo') To enlarge a... Continue Reading →

New Zealand Pigeon

This is our beautiful New Zealand Pigeon which we're privileged to see quite often down south. We see them in both urban and rural areas where there is bush nearby. They like to perch on powerlines so we often see them from the road in places like The Catlins (rural) or Dunedin (city). It's also... Continue Reading →

Ruffled Feathers

As we walked down to the large ponds I spotted a couple supervising their quintuplets.. a black swan family out for a jaunt. The parent I assumed to be dad was at the rear and standing tall, on guard and alert, feathers ruffled. Mum was busy having a feed. I saw the cygnets hurrying along... Continue Reading →

Huffy Puffy

Introducing you to Huffy Puffy the handsome white male turkey that inhabits an animal enclosure at Queens Park in Invercargill. I've only posted a  Bum Photo  of this delightful bird before but during our visit yesterday he again came over to us and showed us his fine plumage. He doesn't seem to have much luck... Continue Reading →

Magic in an Aviary

The aviary is part of Queens Park, Invercargill (Southland, New Zealand) but you feel like it's in a little world of its own. To enter you cross a bridge over water, creating distance from the rest of the gardens.. and inside there's magic if you want to find it. All photos by Nigel except the... Continue Reading →

Bum Photo, Turkey

This white male turkey was making every effort to court the white female turkey in the enclosure. He'd puffed up all his body feathers, raised his tail feathers, and was strutting quietly and attentively around her. Not so easily impressed, she walked off to a little hut and ignored him. Meanwhile I'd been watching from... Continue Reading →

Lego Wildlife

You might like to take a look at the Lego wildlife that Sue (Mac's Girl) has posted at her blog. Sue took the photos at Brookfield Zoo's Brick Safari this summer. I've put an example photo below. Many more Lego animals are featured in her post. The link to Sue's post is:    Lego At The... Continue Reading →

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