Frequent Flier

I’ve been in our New Zealand home for a little over a month now, and I’m (once again) long overdue for a report, however brief. We’re still unpacking boxes and trying to find the room to stow the t00-much stuff we’ve brought with us. Meanwhile, we are settling in a bit more each day and enjoying the good weather that has blessed us. We have a few abutilon trees outside our kitchen window, and we are delighted to see the birds that visit it for the nectar in their flowers. Among them are the Silvereyes, which are very fast, about the size of small wrens, and very hard to catch with the camera. But the most frequent are the Tui, which are just slightly larger than American robins, and they take more time with their foraging. I managed to catch this one through the window a few days ago.

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13 Responses to Frequent Flier

  1. shoreacres says:

    Well, it’s nice to see you. I’m glad things are going well, and the settling-in process is going as well as those things usually do.

    I’d been hoping you’d pop up, so I could show you something. Have you ever seen any of the peacock spiders that live in New Zealand? I came across them by accident, and wrote about them some weeks ago. I subscribed to the fellow’s youtube channel, just so I’d be aware of any new species he finds. Now, I have you to go scouting about for them, too. I think they’re about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen — and who wouldn’t like dancing spiders?

    • krikitarts says:

      Hi Linda, and thanks for your continuing attention! I wish I could go scouting for peacock spiders, but I’m afraid that would entail a 3 1/2-hour flight to Sydney, followed by another 4 1/2-hour flight to get to Perth in Western Australia. I believe that all of the known species have been found there. But yes, I do know about them, and I find them totally fascinating!

  2. Vicki says:

    Great shot, Gary. Good to hear you are settling in (despite the tedious unpacking). The shot of the Abutilon looks nice too.
    Hopefully you’ll be sharing your first hike around your new home very soon, but some bird shots around your new home would be just as welcome.

    • krikitarts says:

      We’ve had only a few hikes, and they have been very moderate at best. It’s still lovely country, though, and I’ll try to include something new and bushy soon for you!

  3. Joan says:

    So happy to hear you are getting settled in. Keep up the good work on your site.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Excellent, I’ve been thinking about you, wondering how the “trans-world move” is going – glad to hear you’re there ok! Good picture – but here you have me, my knowledge of NZ birds is zero! Hope all continues to go well. A :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Well I’m happy to provide your first departure from zero, then! I’ll try to catch a silvereye for you soon, but they’re extremely small and flitty, and I’ll need a but of luck. We’ll see!

  5. bluebrightly says:

    “Where’s Tui” was a refrain from a show we watched a year or two ago, and it took place in New Zealand, I think….but Tui was a woman. Anyway, looks like a very interesting bird, and I’m glad you’re settling in.

  6. Your mention of an Abutilon caught my attention because Austin is home to a native wildflower in that genus:

    I see from the article at

    that there are various Abutilon hybrids in NZ.

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