November 27, 2014 … bird successes and failures

Friends from out of town are fun.


A shag looking the wrong way and the main reason I selected this image was that glorious green water


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 everywhere, yodelling chiming, mimicking.


Tui were plentiful to the point of overload and this one sat less than two metres from us.


A fine couple of Kaka


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.


Californian Quail


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.

Come again.



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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