26 October, 2014 … getting the bird

Most people come to Queenstown for adventure.


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.



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).


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.


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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