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Yellowhammer

Posted by Mike on 27 September 2009 | 0 Comments

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A flock of Yellowhammers at Vista Del Sol

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Bell Bird in Cherry Blossom

Posted by Mike on 27 September 2009 | 0 Comments

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Bell Birds have been in the garden for the last couple of weeks, they are very elusive and have a very distinctive call.  This one was in the Cherry Blossom sipping at the nectar for several days

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Kereru - New Zealand Wood Pigeon

Posted by Mike on 20 August 2009 | 0 Comments

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Two Kereru, the New Zealand Wood Pigeon, fly in daily to eat the growing flower buds on the Virgilia Tree - they turn up prior to spring for a feed and then after christmas when the flowers are setting into to seed pods - they share the tree then with half a dozen Rosella Parakeets who also visit and make a real mess of the blossom.  The Kereru are noisy fliers and are quite a big bird.

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Morepork - New Zealand Owl - Nightly Visitor

Posted by Mike on 31 July 2009 | 0 Comments

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At dusk a Morepork -the New Zealand Owl - flies into the garden - he (it) always flies to the Vigilia Tree - pictured above - for a look around before going hunting - we hear him at night calling occasionally but this is the first time we have seen him regularly

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Welcome Swallows

Posted by Mike on 17 June 2009 | 0 Comments

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The pair of welcome swallows has had a good year, they produced 4 offspring, and have kept us entertained with their aerial feats for months - they compete with the resident fantails and catch insects on the wing - they have kept the puppy fit with him galloping around after them, they have just split the family - Mum and Dad are still here with the youngsters having migrated to warmer climates?, or, maybe to the neighbors - I wonder where they go?

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Tuis Turn Up

Posted by Mike on 7 June 2009 | 0 Comments

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The Tuis have turned up as the banksias are starting to go into flower - they are staying overnight in the trees as we hear them in the small dawn chorus - they seem to about all day and one has taken possession of the tall pine where he calls from the top

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Fantails

Posted by Mike on 7 June 2009 | 0 Comments

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We have always had Fantails around but it now looks as if they have moved into the house area full time - I think two pair nested in a Banksia and Pohutakawa tree this year - they flutter around the house all day, I often have them within a foot of my upstairs office window as they fly around the top of an olive tree - the picture is from Nga Manu Sanctuary

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