Category Archives: Wildlife

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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WWD—Late Again

World Wildlife Day was celebrated earlier this month, and I’ve been meaning to add a personal offering. I seem not to have been able to find the time, until now, though, with holiday travel with family to Australia, a visit … Continue reading

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For the Birds–Again

I have written about Muriwai Regional Park several times before, and it holds a very special fascination for me. It contains a magnificent beach on the western shore of the North Island, in the Waitakere Ranges, a little less than … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (4): Lobos de Mar

My blogging buddy Steve Schwartzman did a post on California’s Point Lobos the other day, in which he mentioned a colony of seals on an island in his photo. They were likely California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), and I was … Continue reading

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Keys to secret treasures (Part 4)

My son-in-law, whom I will call Gander, had two main purposes in his Florida adventure, in which he graciously invited me to participate.   The first was, as I have intimated, to feed his boundless passion for snorkeling.  In this he … Continue reading

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Digression

I’m sharing my spare time between experiences at the cabin and those that I enjoyed in Florida, and I’d like to digress from tropical subjects to a more contemplative one that came to me just a couple of days before … Continue reading

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Keys to secret treasures (Part 3)

Some of you who have been reading my latest two posts may well be interested in more of my recent snorkeling adventures. Rest assured that I will add them—but first, here’s a new character whom I met at the Blue … Continue reading

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Keys to secret treasures (Part 2)

On our first full day in the Florida Keys, our snorkeling adventure wasn’t scheduled until the afternoon, so we had the morning free. Checking literature for our base of operations for three days (Big Pine Island), our attention was drawn … Continue reading

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