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Posts from the ‘Animals’ Category

Feeding time at the zoo

January 30, 2017

If we are not fast enough in bringing out the Magpie food, they get a little impatient. They start singing at us, or the baby Magpie in the picture has become rather brave and has decided he’ll just come inside and help himself! The door was closed today, so he was thwarted in his attempts to break and enter. He’s no slouch – I’ve found him going through the bowl containing our house keys, so that’s had to be moved! We certainly are not encouraging him inside, but it’s still pretty entertaining when he’s caught.

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Three Little Owls

January 26, 2017

I have three juvenile German / Little owls living in literally my back yard! I knew we definitely had one, so I was excited to see two, then was blown away to see a third one join them – all the while their mother owl was keeping a close eye on me from about 100 metres away – ready to swoop in at a moments notice. No wonder it’s been so noisy around here lately!


I’m under owl observation

December 15, 2016

I was out in the garden today playing with the neighbour’s cat, when I had that sudden feeling I was being watched – and as I instinctively looked up I locked eyes with our resident owl (a Little Owl). He’s not easy to spot as he blends in so well to the cliff – but I looked at him straight away. It’s weird how we have that instinct and ability. I pretended I wasn’t interested in him, as he’s quite shy, and slowly made my way inside to get my camera. Quietly came back out and played with the cat again (see I’m not going to point a big weapon at you). Got the lens up, fired a few shots, then thought, heck I’m going to get closer. Got closer, and then decided, to try and have a conversation. “Hello Owly”. Nah, not having any of that, he took off. We could later see him again when we were out on our deck – he was busy observing us having dinner. He keeps us awake at night sometimes with his (or her) calls and I had to explain to one of our new neighbours that the noise at night was not a little girl screaming outside, but in fact an owl. This type of owl is originally from Germany and was introduced to New Zealand to help control some of the introduced birds. You can learn more about the Little Owl online at


Cuteness Overload at the Pug Picnic

December 11, 2016

What a fun idea and a great day out for dogs and owners. I don’t think I’ve seen so many pugs in one spot – it was just wonderful to sit down and watch these cute dogs running around enjoying themselves so much.

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Little Owl Looking Alert

October 15, 2016


Look at those big eyes! Every night we hear this owl calling (it lives in a cliff behind us). It’s not so much of a ‘hoot hoot’ sound that it makes as a squeal. The Little Owl was imported into New Zealand from Germany and are only found in the South Island. You can also see them in Hagley Park in Christchurch. It’s taken me nearly a year to actually see the owl – as it’s so well camouflaged against the colour of the cliff. I got this shot after it thought I’d got to close to the cliff and move to a nearby tree.

To learn more about the Little Owl and hear it’s distinctive call visit