Paradise Shelduck

This beautiful endemic shelduck has a large body like a goose and we see them often whether in city parks or farm fields. Wild ones aren't tolerant of disturbance and readily take off with both birds in full cry - they are very noisy with distinct male/female voices and both are very vocal. The duck... Continue Reading →

Brightening a Dull Day

We arrived in Dunedin on Thurs 25 June to attend Kay's book launch and Nigel was getting car things attended to during the day so I was free to wander. It was a grey drizzly day, not pleasant. I left the motel to get some food but got distracted. First by the winter house in... Continue Reading →

Ripe Apples for Birds

Here's an apple tree we came across yesterday when we went for a local country drive. The tree was by the roadside but Nigel had stopped to take a photo of something else. There was a fair bit of bird activity, which lured me out of the car. Just had my cellphone so detail's not... Continue Reading →

Mexican Amberwings

Just found these beauties on Twitter this morning and have to share. Many thanks to Michael Thomas Bogan for permission. Michael Thomas Bogan. Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment. The University of Arizona. On Twitter:  @mtbogan Photos below are from this tweet Dragonfly season is in full swing on the effluent-dependent Santa... Continue Reading →

Priceless Gift

-- poem by Eileen Carney Hulme Poet in Scotland, three books published Stroking The Air 2005, The Space Between Rain 2010, The Stone Messenger 2015 [poem used with permission] Twitter:  @strokingtheair I was delighted to also find on Twitter this lovely colourful photo of a starling mumuration at Brighton (UK). Many thanks to Marianna Bjerglys,... 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 →

Bordering On Madness

The insanity of it all. OK American folks, here's where it's at. Many of you will know stacks more about this issue than me - there'll be ins and outs, no doubt, that I know nothing about. I haven't made a point of reading up about the infamous Border Wall. But this was in my... Continue Reading →

Stay Safe, Be Kind

Americans, I don't understand you. If your country or state asks you to stay home for the good of yourself and your fellow Americans, what's the problem? While your doctors and nurses battle it out on the front lines, is it too much to ask you to stay home? Given you've recorded over 700,000 Covid-19... Continue Reading →

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

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