Saturday, February 8, 2020

Kaipara Count

A good paddle across to the island at high tide for the bird count. 1500 South Island Pied oystercatchers first count at the North end.

 Its very hot and we progress to our second target area where the waders are for some reason very skittish and unsettled. We struggle to use a scope to count the bird soup of red knots and bar-tailed godwit as the heat is causing a distracting shimmer..





Red Knot and godwit

Photos and More to follow...………………..

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Off Grid

Boy its been hot! Yesterday hitting over 30 degrees where we were parked up but the solar panels kept the fridge going so that was good.







Photos & more to follow ………………...

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Leucistic Tui

No sign today of the leusitic tui seen at the beginning of the month regularly visiting our sugar feeder in the garden. Definitely not an albino as you can see by the dark eyes.




I photographed this thought to be a leucistic variable oystercatcher in the Kaipara on December 29th 2016. However it may be an albino as on closer viewing of my photo their is a hint of red in those eyes.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Fairy Tern Chick in Training.

Just home after an extremely windy day spent photographing a young Fairy Tern North of Auckland  as it shows off its newly learnt flying skills. It never quite catches anything but does appear to have all the correct moves..






More photos to follow...……………………..

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Year Beginning

HAPPY NEW YEAR


A regular visitor to our deck. A cappuccino loving Barbary dove. So tame and confiding. I think that gradually birds are taking over the place as they become more confident and relaxed as we pursue a 'No Cats Zone'.