A ‘pology and a pukeko

First, I regret that I have not been able to devote much time at all to blogging, and for this I apologize to those of you who have been wondering where I’ve been. The simple answer is here, but busier than I can say. And it’s not going to get any less busy for some time—probably close to another month, as we plan a drive of several thousand miles to California and back to meet up with Squiddy, who is flying there to do ocean-critter research. But please be patient with me. I’ll try to do at least a postcard blog or two along the way.

Second, I’d like to share a new photo of The Elf with you. Squiddy dressed her up for Hallowe’en as a pukeko (pronounced POOH-keck-oh, a relative of the  purple gallinule). These are quite common (and very popular) in New Zealand, and one of our favorite birds.

Elf-pukeko 197To give you an idea of how clever the costume is, here’s a shot that I made of a couple of the birds while I was in New Zealand last year. Can you see why folks (especially children) are so fond of them?

pukeko pair 7741

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3 Responses to A ‘pology and a pukeko

  1. Vicki says:

    The Elf looks adorable.

    Sounds like a wonderful, if tiring, drive ahead. Take care and travel safely.

    (We call those birds Purple Swamphens over here in Oz – I assume they are the same?).

  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Hi Gary! Don’t worry about being away, we’re not going anywhere, we’ll still be here when you get back! Love the gallinules – I know them from Kenya. Adrian

  3. Emily Gooch says:

    No need for apologies, Gary. You need to do what works for you for your life. I know I haven’t been able to read and respond to your posts but you are in my thoughts. Adrian is right… we’ll still be here when you get back. :)

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