Category Archives: Menagerie Monday

Isolation Antidotes (52): Coleus Climber

Our Prime Minister has seen fit to reduce our risk to Level 2½ as of midnight yesterday. This is a great relief for us, as we are planning a family trip to the South Island later this week—but more about … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Hedgehog Help

In these times of severe stress and unrest, it’s a pleasure to be able to bring you a true story of spectacular success. Almost exactly two months ago, when I went out to my workroom, aka my bloke shed, I … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Common Grass Blue

Three weeks ago, while hanging out with (while maintaining distance from) Squiddy and her two grands, she noticed a very small butterfly in one of the adjacent bushes. I was able to get one decent image before it moved on … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: My, My, More Mantises!

Back on April 3, I was adjusting the ropes on a swing that I’ve made for the grandkids in our front garden and needed to set up the ladder to do so. Its resting place is leaning against the house, … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: The Talented Tui

In the text of my post the other day (here) featuring the cheeky little Silvereyes, I mentioned that the other native bird that we love to see visiting and feeding on the blossoms of our abutilon is the tui (Prosthemadera … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Silvereyes, Spectacular Strangers

One of our very favorite New Zealand birds is the Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), also commonly known as the wax-eye. It’s a very small (12 cm / 4.7 inches) passerine songbird. It is officially considered a native, having self-introduced when a … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: More Mantis (and Mum) Mugs

Events are causing our government here to take extreme and sudden measures to try to slow the spread of the pandemic. Although we here in New Zealand have been—so far—extremely fortunate with the disease’s progress, compared to many other parts … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Hello, Dahli—ah!

Thanks, in large part, to the continuing drought we’re experiencing here in New Zealand’s North Island, many of our garden plants are quite understandably shutting down  to conserve water and energy. But last week, before our Dahlias faded, I found … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Bush Crickets

Last week was a very good one for visitors to our Dahlia flowers, where I saw the mantis featured (here) in my post of the week before. No more mantises, though—this time, over the course of a few days, I … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Barnacle Bay

All of us are very fond of exploring the coasts, beaches, and bays around New Zealand, and we’ve found that one needn’t go very far to find some really interesting ones. Castor Bay is one of these, on Auckland’s North Shore, … Continue reading

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