January 4, 2015 … the stilt family

We had a quiet day at home yesterday.


Mother is as loud as a smoke detector or burglar alarm when she senses any danger to the chicks


As a consequence I had to hop over to Pauatahanui in search of a “photo of the day”. The afternoon was fine and calm and I stopped at the ponds in the hope of catching up with those pied stilt chicks. Bingo! There they were, with their vocally protective mother. Four little fluff-balls. They are bigger and more self-reliant than the day I first wrote them (18 December).

Stilt chicks

The three good guys staying in the safe zone


For the most part the chicks seem to stay close to the parent and cluster together. But every family seems to have at least one free-thinker.

Solo stilt

The trouble maker, wandering all over the pond in harm’s way


Though three of the brood stayed within the care and protection of mother, one was wandering all over the pond exploring the exotic foods on offer in other parts. I was a bit concerned that the chick would be a mere snack for the Australasian Harrier I saw circling just down the road.


Salt water grasses


With the day’s catch in the bag, I turned for home but paused to admire the sun-washed texture of the grasses by the pond.

Goodnight all.


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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One Response to January 4, 2015 … the stilt family

  1. DennisW says:

    I’m enjoying your “coverage” of the stilt family immensely. It may not fit your overall concept for the photoblog, but I would personally like to see something similar when and if it suits you. A construction project, the remodeling of a landmark building, the flowering of particular garden/park, etc.. I’m not asking for a yes or no, but couldn’i resist making the suggestion. Leslie and I hope to visit NZ in 2016 and look forward to seeing you and Mary.

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