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A Great Group of Birds

Latitude -38.71068303 Longitude 176.08646320 Week 3 of #360in365. (week 2 was a public holiday here in NZ, being ANZAC Day) Our destination was Kaiwaka Point. To be honest none of us have ever heard it called this, but the map had it named and Uncle Google agrees, so who are we to disagree. Kaiwaka Point […]

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Tauhou

Waxeye… Whiteeye… More correctly, Silvereye. So common here in New Zealand. But what I did not realise was that it was not known here before the 1830’s. It was believed to have blown in from Australia, thus the Maoris called it ‘Tauhou’ which means ‘Stranger’ or ‘New Arrival’… good name, guys! Don’t be a stranger…click […]

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Autumn Watch

A normal morning walk with the dog was all set up to be nothing but normal until… Until I heard that quiet voice telling me to take my camera. I hesitated. The dog was already doing circles in the back of the car all eager and excited, and I had a list of things to accomplish […]

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Sing, Sing A Song

He might be a bolshy little fellow in his bright orange suit of feathers but, oh my, he can sing a great song. Seems to start with the cover coming off his cage until it goes back on at night. Personally, I LOVE it. My family, however, aren’t quite so thrilled. Perhaps they just don’t […]

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Mama Bird Was Curious

They have all moved out of home and into their new abodes. Although I love this nest now clean and quiet, I miss their noise and … no! I don’t miss their mess!!! I wanted to see their new homes. This Mama bird was curious as to how they were doing. So the Papa bird […]

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Cygnets and Swans

I was enthralled! I love birds. What’s not to love? We had been walking with the swans and their three cygnets along the water front. Lots of people had been coming and going passed us, but we, having to walk slow for the nursing of my leg injuries, were enjoying the swan family at their […]

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Kereru and Wood Pigeons

Yes, the Maori name for New Zealand’s native Wood Pigeon is ‘Kereru’. This may seem like double the trouble to write, but we were seeing double that day. Not one, but two big fat Kereru no more than a metre above. Feeding as if there was no tomorrow, even though their rather rotund undercarriage suggested they […]

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The Familial Kookaburra

Living on a lifestyle block in Queensland full of gum and avocado trees, we got to see lots of Kookaburras right up close. Being a two storied house on a hill we virtually eyeballed each other all day long. And in that time, I learnt a lot. We had them coming on to the balcony […]

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The Calling Card

Coming to, I was greeted with the sound of gentle dove coos. Laying there with eyes still closed just listening and drinking in the moment. I love doves. My dad built me an aviary when I was a girl and I had four white turtle doves. The bobbing and cooing are all tied up in […]

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Whitney Houston Belts the Sparrows

Whitney Houston is giving it her all on my playlist this morning. One of my all-time fav’s! Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, […]

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