I went to the gardens with the intention of photographing the herbaceous border and getting some lovely flower photos. Well I achieved that and was about to leave when I saw something moving on the red hot poker plant. I was very pleasantly surprised when I spotted it was a bellbird. It was having a good old feed and was not the least bit worried about me standing just 6 feet away with my giant lens aimed at it. I had to look up my NZ Birds book just to double check it was a bellbird as it didn’t look as green as you often seen in photos. Apparently the female bellbird has less intense colour. The forked tail though confirmed it for me. Though I am not a bird expert at all, so if you think I am wrong please let me know. I don’t often seem them up this close so it’s hard to know for sure.