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Posts from the ‘Animals’ Category

The Bee and the Monarch

April 19, 2017

I was intent on photographing this Monarch butterfly in my garden this morning when a bee dropped in to explore the same flower. The garden is full of butterflies and bees which is a great sign.

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Muscovy Duck

April 18, 2017

This Muscovy duck was hanging out near the Nikau Bakery (opposite The Tannery).

You can learn more about Muscovy Ducks at nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/muscovy-duck

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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!

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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 http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/little-owl

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