February 8, 2009
World famous (on my blog!)
It’s looking suprisingly lush for this time of year but this is ‘my pond’ and my house can just be seen in this photo (2nd roof down on this pic.) The island in the middle photo is where most of the birds nest, especially the pukeko’s who appear to own it. So many of my photos are taken here I thought it was about time I show the whole pond!
January 21, 2009
This Pukeko is one of this seasons chicks. I guess in bird terms he or she is now a teenager. It wasn’t that long ago that they we re little balls of black fuzz making a racket for Mum or Dad to hurry back with the food! Now they’ve nearly gotten all of their adult plumage and they’re off ‘hunting’ there own bread!
These birds are native to NZ and are common on the roadsides in both country and urban areas. They are also known by the name of ‘swamp hens’ and their cousins in other countries have similar names.
We’re off the RAINBOWS END tomorrow….wahooo! Rainbows End is a theme park in Auckland with lots of rides and NZ only corkscrew roller coaster….wahoo again! I will be sure to post many photos:)