26 October, 2014 … getting the bird

Most people come to Queenstown for adventure.

Scaup

Scaup, officially described as looking like a bath toy

I tend to enjoy the scenery and birds that I can’t find nearer to home. Yesterday I hoped to find crested grebes, but was unsuccessful. Nevertheless, around Lake Hayes I found New Zealand scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae)  or papango.

Ducklings

Ducklings

Further round the lake, I found some ducklings. A little different to the mallard ducklings I have seen elsewhere. Then I saw the mother and realised that they were paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata).

Surf

Waves as big as the bird

The lake was not its usual mirror-like self and there was a distinct chop causing waves to slop on the shore. The little ducklings seemed undeterred by the “surf” and launched themselves onto the lake.

That’s all for today.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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