Tag Archives: Birds

Isolation Antidotes (26): Pretty Pair of Pileated Partners

Back in 2014 we spent the Memorial Day weekend at the cabin and in spite of the best weather we could remember for this occasion in past May visits, we spent the vast majority of it dealing with a severe … 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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Serenity Sunday: Another Autumn

The first of March is the official first day of autumn here in the southern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, the seasonal change falls on the equinox. Be that as it may, I have always had fond feelings for autumn … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: Black Swans

I returned a few days ago from a week of fishing for trout in Lake Otamangakau, in the Taupo District of New Zealand’s North Island. It was a success in many ways, and I was delighted to find many beautiful … 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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Marvelous Muriwai

Batty had a college roommate, a very good friend, visiting from the US for a few weeks, and one of the places she wanted to share with her was my favorite beach in the area, near the community of Muriwai … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (9)

There is a fig tree in our garden, and the figs are ripening. They are not among our personal favorite fruits, but we have tried a few, and they are better than I remember from times past (especially in the … 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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