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

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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