Friendly Fantail

In the late afternoon we drove to Black Gully Reserve near Tapanui and did a short bush walk. While we paused on the track, a fantail came to visit and flitted about us (as fantails do), chirruping to us all the while. They flit constantly from side-to-side so my shots are far from ideal but... Continue Reading →

Red Tussock

One of my favourite native landscape features down south here is red tussockland, there would have been vast swathes of them in the old days. This is a red tussock conservation area in Southland, Nigel took the photos last week when he needed to visit the Mossburn area for his work, he is a landscape... Continue Reading →

New Zealand in the Spotlight

THREE  THINGS !!! First, if you're interested in a rare opportunity to see a range of native New Zealand wildlife and plants - on a remote island that hardly anyone visits, unless associated with conservation work - then I have the blog for you to follow! I've done a shout-out for this lovely couple before... 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 →

Earnscleugh, Just Passing Through

We departed Clyde on Saturday morning 31 March to return home via Central Otago on one of my favourite drives. We crossed the Clutha River via the Clyde Bridge to drive the route through the Earnscleugh Valley. This valley lies between Clyde and Alexandra, and has orchards and vineyards lining the road on either side.... Continue Reading →

2018 Is A New Canvas

After me taking such a long break from blogging you probably all thought I'd never come back! Judging from the number of followers it looks like you've had the faith to stick around and I thank you so much for that.  The WordPress community has been very, very good to me and I've missed you... Continue Reading →

Nature is Key – Unlock Your Wellbeing

Nature is Key - Unlock Your Wellbeing is the title of a blog-post I read yesterday morning from the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC). The catchy title led into a good post that informed me this is Mental Health Awareness Week... and the title is actually the theme for this week. I'm going to... Continue Reading →

Such Stunning Snails…

Kauri snails. Ever heard of them? They're carnivorous, egg-laying snails endemic to New Zealand. So I'm guessing most of you haven't heard of them! And, they... are long-lived: they can live for twenty years or more! grow BIG. Shell diameter up to 79mm. are carnivorous - their diet consists of earthworms, insects, insect larvae, and... Continue Reading →

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