Friends from out of town are fun.
Mark and Mary were generous with their time when we were in Washington back in 2012, so it was a delight that I could spend time with them yesterday at Zealandia and Makara. Outside the valley and on certain exposed spots, we felt the full force of the wind. Down in the valley, the sun shone and it was sheltered. Wonderful! Sadly I had some sort of lapse in the brain and stuffed up my camera settings for the dark parts of our walk through Zealandia and got little but the black images. This was doubly tragic because we saw plenty of Saddlebacks, Stitchbirds. Bellbirds, a North Island Robin and even a few Whiteheads. And not a single useable photo of any one of them. Thus I have had to use the birds I found in open air.
Tui were plentiful to the point of overload and this one sat less than two metres from us.
Halfway up the valley, there were five or six kaka and though they seem drab at first sight there is some real colour in that plumage.
My last image today is a Californian Quail, and a particularly handsome specimen too. I think Mary and Mark enjoyed being re-acquainted with the flora and fauna of their native land after so long away. I certainly enjoyed their company.