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 →

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NZ Native Spring Flowers

Veronica speciosa (aka Hebe speciosa) has beautiful magenta flowers. Yellow flowers from a kowhai tree (Sophora sp.) The white flowers are also a Veronica species. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.

Lophomyrtus bullata

The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →

Gifts of Gold

Our native kowhai trees have showers of golden flowers. Gifts of gold. Kowhai Flowers (Sophora sp.) -- photos taken at Dunedin Botanic Gardens 07 Sept 2019. New Zealand. This kowhai tree is at one end of the rock garden. Taken by Nigel The following photos are of a particular tree, located in a native plant... Continue Reading →

Variegated Cabbage Trees

Yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we walked to 'The Stumpery' along a path from the main gardens and found these beautiful variegated cabbage trees lighting up the late winter landscape. Cabbage trees are native to NZ with the usual form having green leaves. These are probably Cordyline australis 'Albertii', a stunning variegated form with a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Walking Distance

Unusually nice day on Saturday for a winter weekend. After visiting our local cafe we did a loop walk around part of town and enjoyed the bright landscape - nice change from all the grey we've had over the last few weeks. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand -- photos taken by Nigel Walking along a... Continue Reading →

Summer day at Moa Flat, Otago (New Zealand). Matagouri or "wild Irishman" is a native, very thorny shrub/tree. Taken by Nigel 12 Jan 2019. Discaria toumatou

Much to Love about Trees

Just published a  post about trees  for Nigel's blog in response to Leya's tree challenge (for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge). We both love trees but Nigel in particular has a great interest in trees. The photos are all his, they're a mix of natives and exotics, taken in the UK and New Zealand. I do... 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 →

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