Curious Cattle

While staying at our cottage getaway, we took a walk in the evening along the local road. We came upon these young cattle who took a great interest in what we were up to. They ambled along behind us and when I stopped at their gate they gathered to look at us. We walked on... Continue Reading →

Lord and Lady

This Paradise Duck pair were lording it over the Dunedin Botanic Garden main pond when I visited on a dull day on 19 May. These ducks are endemic to New Zealand and are the size of a large duck or small goose. There's no shortage of them, they're the second most common duck in NZ... Continue Reading →

White Duck Tale

I was walking a garden path toward the main pond at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 28 April when I spotted this white duck with its ordinary duck companions. I hung around getting a series of photos, it was such a pretty and interesting bird. So this is a little story of the white duck, although... Continue Reading →

Moonlight Pond

My last post featured Butter and Egg Rd in the Moonlight sub-district of Waitaki, a little south of Macraes. We couldn't resist driving up the gravel road to the end where we came to Nenthorn Road and turned right, immediately encountering this wonderful farm pond complete with black swan couple and a flock of paradise... Continue Reading →

Irises and Goldfish

I spent quite some time on 28 April wandering the Dunedin Botanic Garden while Nigel was busy with his work. The day was grey and bright and tricky for photography. Here's a few pics I took when I checked out the pond garden and found irises in flower and bright goldfish hiding under water lily... Continue Reading →

Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

Blue Damsel

Today summer was back again and we spent a few hours at Maple Glen Garden, a magnificent private family garden at Glenham in Southland. They have lots of ponds and I was very excited to find many damselflies in a few areas. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. This image is cropped from... Continue Reading →

Pond Plants

There's a beautiful pond garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, quite large and with a good variety of plants. It's been looking lovely of late. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Pink candelabra primulas, 25 Oct 2020. Taken by me, this is a large showy group near the top of the gardens and nowhere... Continue Reading →

Hills and Gullies

Hills, gullies and a ... pond! We saw this attractive farm landscape after driving further along the road from the Busy Guy sculpture. The green hills, the tussock and cabbage trees, the sheep and the pond provided an enticing scene that was persuasive enough to make us pull over. Photos taken by Nigel, Waitahuna-Clydevale route... Continue Reading →

Paradise on Pond

Paradise Ducks on the farm pond that I featured in my last post. These are more properly described as Paradise Shelducks (Tadorna variegata). They're exceedingly noisy birds, you can hear them in this recording. The male and female make different sounds, most often in unison! Endemic. Photos taken by Liz, 16 August 2020. Central Otago,... Continue Reading →

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