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I went to the Botanic Gardens today with the intention of photographing the early spring flowers. So I never expected to come home with this shot… but that’s the fun of photography, sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. I had no idea the Kereru was even in the tree initially – as I was focused on photographing the berries on the tree (I took a very out of focus picture of that!). The kereru would have been maybe 4 feet above me in the tree – close enough for me to be startled and then worried that it was going to fly into me. The bird was completely oblivious to me as I was filming it (I think there’s something about the camera that makes them disregard me as a threat), but it was very aware that an older lady was standing behind me watching me filming. The lady was amazed as I was about how close and clumsy the bird was. And then off she flew (the bird not the lady).

I’ve recently started feeding the local birds and noticed they had cleared out the feeder of the wild bird seed. So I propped up some old molenburg bread we had and was amazed to find this many waxeyes all over the feeder. They were clearly loving it. They also love fat balls and apples.

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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