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 →

Paradise Family

It was heartwarming for us to see these Paradise Shelduck parents out with their young one at a stream near the Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand in early December 2020. I'm used to seeing many young with parents but this pair only had one. Most people simply refer to them as Paradise Ducks. Note: The... Continue Reading →

Lambs Ears

Lambs-Ears or Stachys byzantina is a cute plant that most of you will already be familiar with. It has silver furry foliage and is widely grown in gardens. I took these photos on 08 December 2020 in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. It was flowering and being visited by bumblebees. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Gill’s Cnr Shelter

Beautiful bus shelter on the Otago Peninsula (end of the peninsula, on the route to Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross Centre is located). We visited the Centre on October 10, 2020 and this shelter caught my eye, featuring a Northern Royal Albatross on the front and one end, the other end has a yellow-eyed... Continue Reading →

Beach, Boats, Bird

I took these photos when we visited Pilots Beach at Taiaroa Head, at the end of Otago Peninsula. Near Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken 10 / 10 / 2020. We'd popped down to the beach after visiting the Albatross Centre and Cafe. The first boat is probably one that does dredging in the harbour. The second... Continue Reading →

Something Fishy

Lantern shades adorning the cafe in the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin, New Zealand). These two shades were signed 'Rebekah Langsbury'. I've already posted about the other two by M.Tuffery in Marine Shades. Click on any photo to enlarge Photos 1-2, 4-5 by Liz; photos 3, 6-7 by Nigel Text... Continue Reading →

Marine Shades

We much admired these marine-theme lantern shades adorning the cafe in the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula. The two shades featured here are signed 'M.Tuffery'. I assume the artist is Michel Tuffery, https://micheltuffery.co.nz/ Photos taken Saturday 10 October 2020. Dunedin, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge --photos 1 and 3-5... Continue Reading →

Gulls

While in Dunedin for a few days, I got to see a few gulls!Many more than I usually see.New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge This cutie was hanging out on the lawn at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We did an afternoon trip to Taiaroa Head at the top end of Otago Peninsula. This is... Continue Reading →

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 →

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