Tag Archives: Wildlife

SpringScapes (6)

One of the highlights of our family trip to the South Island earlier this month was a visit to the windswept Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve at the end of the Otago Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour, in … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (45): Cheeky Chatterer

One of the main players in our traditional pageant of critters at our north-woods cabin at this time of year is this little frisky, cheeky red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). It’s less than half the size of the gray squirrel, but … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (44): High Fliers and High Hopes

Eleven years ago on this date I was in Chile on a work assignment and, with a colleague, stopped at a restaurant in the city of Concón in Valparaíso Province. When we had ordered our meals, I wandered to a … 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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Isolation Antidotes (37): Too Much Independence?

Here we are, on the 4th of July, the US Independence Day, and for the first time in many years, we are not at our cabin in the north woods to celebrate it. But we are well and safe and … 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: 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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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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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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Silly Saturday: Shortcut

There’s a shortcut, they said. Just take our word for it, they said. You’ll be fine, they said.

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