Birds


This wonderful Kereru (NZ native wood pigeon) was quite happy for me to take it’s photo. I got 3 or 4 of it while it was perched here despite the fact that I had a group of 6 noisy school kids nearby. I was thrilled to spot it and even more thrilled to get photos.  When it flew off it actually flew so close to me that I felt the breeze from it’s wings at the top of my head! What a buzz for a bird fanatic like me! I took this in a walk through aviary at Hamilton Zoo and although we had to rush in this trip I will be doing a very slow walk through when we go back as a family. I saw a Weka in another part of the Zoo (although it was not as photogenic!) and I’d never seen a Weka before (except for on the Tv) so I was doubly happy!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I did a quick google search on Kereru before this post and I found this great site which I hope you will check out. It has several short Kereru videos including one so drunk on fermented berries it actually falls out of the tree! There’s a longer video on the home page that shows some of the stunning forest’s that Kereru and many other native birds live in if you feel like a bit of “bush walking!” I also found this video clip on YouTube of a Weka going about it’s daily business. The Weka looks like it’s a cross between out native Kiwi and Pukeko’s. In the background you can also hear the call of a Morepork.

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Home sweet home…if you’re a Shag. These shags let out a primate like noise as they chatter amongst esch other high above the path that winds its way around the base of Mount Maunganui. You can make out the nests in these trees quite easily. I am itching to get a zoom lens for my camera but good things take time as they say! This spot is so beautiful. Below them you can see the volcanic rock jutting out from the ocean which feeds these birds and the many others that call the Mount home. Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I am trying to reignite my blog…I’ve had too many gaps and not enough time so I am going to try and set up some posts in advance and then ‘auto’ post them. In theory it will give me time to come and admire yours and keep my own posting regular! Check back here tomorrow for more sea themed shots…this really is a beautiful place!

These quails were far to busy hunting for insects in the leaf litter to be worried about me!

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I used to have quails in an avery years ago. Pretty little things! I was really pleased to spot this family of them under the trees.

I spotted this quote on a park bench.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009
Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I was suprised to see these lovely birds step out of the shaddows so boldly! I was on my way back from my walk when I heared the rustle of dry leaves and to my suprise there were 3 females pheasents having lunch!

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This Pukeko kept on eye on me all the while trying to make sure that piece of bread didn’t float to far away…or get eaten by one of the other birds!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

If like me you love birds then please take a few moments to visit this Auckland Blog and you will find not only a great pic of my favorite Native bird the Tui but also discover a link to a video of one singing. How wonderful to hear the bird  sing! You won’t be dissapointed I promise!