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  • Bruce Buckman,

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    What I like about Shags is how much like Klingon Birds of Prey they look.

    Since Jan 2012 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Karen White,

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    Taken a few summers ago on Otago Peninsula

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Karen White,

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    Albatross - same trip. Amazing to watch

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Back in summer 2011 the flax that sits outside our family room flowered for the first time. Two tuis started to turn up, like clockwork, twice a day. It seemed like they milked it in the morning and again in the evening. By sitting on the sofa by the window, I was just outside the minimal focal distance for my 400mm lens. As long as I didn't move too much, they let me snap away as they turned up, spend a few minutes each time working through the flowers and then flew off. When the sun was low in the evening, all blues and greens in their plummage really came to life.

    Since Jan 2012 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Last spring we got hit by a plague of flies, but on the upside natural pest control arrived in the shape of a fantail that took up resisdence in the plum tree, happily chasing down flies.

    Since Jan 2012 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman,

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    Walking beside Lake Taupo in the evening, at Hatape back in July. This Heron was intent on fishing and ignored me, walking right up to and past me. Seemed quite proficient, and definitely beautiful.

    Since Jan 2012 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Went to Longtan Park today. I was hoping to see a few ducks, but it seems they'd either sensed the changing season and had taken off for more hospitable climes, or they were hiding from the holiday crowds. Heard plenty of other birds, but couldn't see them (sneaky recordings played over the PA system?). Did get this kite, though. Well, it's bird-shaped and flies.

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 1720 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    Great shots Bruce, love the heron especially.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3298 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Karen White,

    on Otago Peninsula

    I love this one - easy to run a whole lot of anthropomorphism round the little lonely penguin : )

    And Bruce''s flying shag too, making a lumpy, ungainly bird look elegant.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    and some, swim with eels…..

    and some try ballet, albeit awkwardly. :) Western Spring shots are lovely Nora and so are all the ones on here peeps. Grand effort.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5690 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    ...is how much like Klingon Birds of Prey they look.

    True, in a down beat kinda way...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4191 posts Report Reply

  • Bruce Buckman, in reply to Gareth,

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    We've had pairs of Kingfishers nesting in our St for several years. A few years ago one flew into a window. I rushed outside thinking it would be dead, but they obviously have strong necks, We had to go out so I put it in a shoe box and carried it out front and climbing up on the porch railing put it on top of the bay window where I hoped it would be safe from cats. All the time its mate was flying around squawking.

    When we got back it was gone and a day later the pair of them were back sitting on the power lines leading to our neighbour's house. I thought the fact that I'd saved its life my get me some co-operation when trying to take photos, but no, like all Kingfishers, they still fly off if I get too close.

    Of course, once I worked out that they actually nest in my phoenix palm, the fact that flying into a window didn't kill the kingfisher is explained. They use that beak to hammer away at the bowl of the palm, hollowing out a burrow. They sit on the wires then every minute or so one flies to the tree, has a quick burrow then flies back to the wire. Then the other one has a go. You can see the results of its burrowing on its beak.

    Since Jan 2012 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    Yes, ours recovered from the kitchen window incident and resumed normal operations. Unfortunately another one wasn't so lucky - a few days ago I found it dead in the garden after smashing into a window.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Stretching things a bit......
    OK, so it's not a bird
    but it has a similarity to Karen's little lonely penguin

    Sad Balloon

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Awww...puir wee pink balloon, puir wee bird...

    -berloody beaut photos tho'!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • ktktk8,

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    Love the wee Yellow Eyed Penguin Karen! Reminds me of watching one surf into the beach at the end of days fishing and have all sorts of trouble as there was a a steep sand 'cliff' he had to negotiate, he tried jumping and jumping and ended up having to trudge about 100m along the beach before zig zagging back up the hill to his nest - so cute! Must have been exhausted though, took him a good hour!

    Colombia • Since Oct 2012 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Mike Howe,

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    It's not uncommon for a bunch of these young rascals to land on our roof and set about deconstructing whatever they can get their beaks into. I climbed up to join them one afternoon and got close enough to look this one in the eye.

    Golden Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Mike Howe,

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    Looks like a young one to me.

    Golden Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Mike Howe,

    It’s not uncommon for a bunch of these young rascals to land on our roof and set about deconstructing whatever they can get their beaks into....

    a classic case of "all Kea , no responsibility!"

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4191 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Bruce Buckman,

    Love the detail insert - that is a mean beak he has there.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Mike Howe,

    Close enough for him to start pulling pieces off your camera!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2002 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Another Orokonui Ecosanctuary Kaka

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 824 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to David Hood,

    Flights of fancy...

    Orokonui Ecosanctuary

    Where they can be safe from militant milliners...
    What fabulous feathers, and colours...
    and it's fascinating how those colour are created...

    Maybe Jeff Noon, was on (to) something...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4191 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    What fabulous feathers, and colours

    Not a native, but (to quote Python) "Beautiful plumage!"

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 824 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Hi there everyone.

    This has been a lot of fun, and don't let me stop you posting more.

    Just thought I'd narrow down the entrants to a selection, for which I decided to have a play with Storify. You can see them here.

    Have also enjoyed the stories and contributions from those without cameras at hand, so thanks all for joining in.

    Unless you all start liking the photos on the Storify page, and thereby giving me an ad hoc third party voting system, I'll pick one tomorrow and let the lucky winner know. Will then arrange the print to be sent directly to you.

    Cheers
    Jackson

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2068 posts Report Reply

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