Fiordland, New Zealand

I recently found Samuel Bloch on Twitter - he's been travelling in New Zealand and taking awesome photos. Samuel describes himself as a French birder and photographer. He has a WP blog  Eiwawar  which I follow. Today he published a particularly fine post with photos of scenery and birdlife that he encountered while travelling the... Continue Reading →

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RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

Aussie Blues

A small selection of blue images courtesy of Tracy who lives in Australia and blogs at  Reflections of An Untidy Mind. She posted the images Aug 15, 2018 and I spotted the post yesterday when it appeared as a "related post". Blue for You -- I chose my favourite five photos from Tracy's post  Blue... Continue Reading →

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 →

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

Bright and Colourful

Opening the doors into "A Garden of Earthly Delights" was a bright and colourful experience. It's an exciting display space to enter and a joy to explore. Here's an introduction to the exhibition (which ends on 11 August 2019). nb: this post continues on from my previous post  A Garden of Earthly Delights Hocken Library,... Continue Reading →

Footprints of a Moa

Moa footprints, Kye Burn River, Central Otago, NZ. See my post Moa Footprints Discovery for info. Image credit: Kane Fleury, Otago Museum Collection. © Otago Museum

Moa Footprints Discovery

Seven moa footprints have been found in Central Otago! Each footprint is about 30 cm long and 30 cm wide. This is an internationally significant find and the first reported physical prints from the South Island (pathways have been observed in the South Island but they haven't been preserved or photographed). A resident of Kye... Continue Reading →

Wonders of Water

This post celebrates WATER through photos I've selected from various WP blogs, reminding me what a precious resource water is. We need to keep ahead of what's happening in our local environment and be alert to any threats to the purity of our natural water systems. All photos used with permission With most photos I... Continue Reading →

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