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Birds at Vista del Sol over Summer 2011/12

Posted by Mike on 13 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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The planting of food trees has been good for the local bird life - we had 4 baby tuis bred this year - the nest was in the pine trees behind the Spa and Mum Tui brought them into the garden for several weeks when our nectar trees were in flower over christmas - particularly the Banksia and Pohutakawa. Most of the birds disappear for 8 weeks in late summer - Feb/March (and then you will see more bellbirds that are normally chased away by the Tuis)  - but they call though to check out the state of plants almost daily.  I saw a young Tui hopping around on the ground checking out the flowers, and one perched on the gladioli sipping nectar.

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Vista del Sol attains 5 Star Grading

Posted by Mike on 1 November 2010 | 0 Comments

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Vista del Sol has been reviewed by Qualmark, the New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality, and has been awarded 5 star - for the guest and hosted category and an environmental silver award in its first year of business. 5 star is regarded as "exceptional - amongst the best available in New Zealand". Vista del Sol was assessed before opening last year as 4 1/2 and to move well into 5 star within our

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Bird Update

Posted by Mike on 25 May 2010 | 0 Comments

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With the Banksias going into flower, now followed by the protia, red hot pokers, camelia, and finally the Kowhai - all the birds are back, grey warbler in are in tree outside my window, you can usually here them in full song from somewhere close by, the Tui are all round and usually singing from Dawn til dusk, - I saw one in the Kowhai today - it is a minature and now in flower - only a metre high but it did not stop the tui climbing all over it to sip the nectar.  The Bell birds are about, a flock of pukeko was in Satins paddock right up at the house - including a little one, hawks are close by the house - one has a gliding line that runs about 15 mitres away from my window, fantails are in constant motion, the Eastern Rosellas are roosting probably in the big pines - they spend time in the paddocks which still have seed heads on the grass, a morepork has moved back in we hear it calling at night.

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Baby Tui at Vista del Sol, Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Kapiti

Posted by Mike on 8 January 2010 | 0 Comments

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The Tui were nesting in the large Banksia - they were quite aggressive chasing the sparrows away - we have been rewarded with a baby Tui pictured here - it does not sing - just follows its mother around squarking - baby Tui do not have a white bib, it was happy to flap between the banksia nesting tree and the Pohutakawa where it tended to hop around the branches calling for mum, after short clumsy flights it started following her to food trees further around the property.  In the last three weeks as all the Pohutakawa have come into flower more Tui have been in the garden, mating, chasing each other and defending a new nest in a newly flowering Pohutakawa from sparrows.

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Welcome Swallows back from their Migration

Posted by Mike on 25 November 2009 | 0 Comments

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The Welcome Swallows have all turned up from their annual migration, having left in June, and are building nests, they entertain with their aerial acrobatics in their continual hunt for insects on the wing.

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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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