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  • Julie Cross,

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    Nice pukeko. I love them. Called the purple swamp hen over here but they are the same!

    Walkabout Palm Beach & Pittwater, on our way to The Newport Arms... one of my favourite parts of Sydney.

    Australia • Since Nov 2011 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Weka bout

    What they lack in elegance they make up for in character. I watched this one explore all around the inside of a tourist's car while she was a few metres away taking a picture of Cape Foulwind on a dull day. By the time she turned around the weka had hopped and sprinted away, and she never saw it.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3442 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    they have a kea aura...

    What they lack in elegance they make up for in character.

    My dad always used to recount the tale of the wekas stealing their spoons while he and his brother were working, cutting posts, in the West Coast bush... Each accused the other of losing them until one day they came back to the camp site and spotted a weka heading off with a spoon in its mouth...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4866 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Phases of the spoon

    Sounds like your family ran up a spoon bill. They howled at the spoon?

    The spoonatic weka were probably hoping for cake forks. Or, possibly, fake corks.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3442 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Lilith __,

    The spoonatic weka were probably hoping for cake forks. Or, possibly, fake corks.

    I think you'll find the spoonerism the need is runcible. And it would be best if they went off in a pea green boat. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    Or, possibly, fake corks.

    ya got me, bung to rights!
    A. Weka

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4866 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to JacksonP,

    What's new pussycat?

    runcible spoon

    risible cut-Lear-y?

    (thats Ed not Tim!)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4866 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Mt Victoria from Mt Cambria.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2248 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Great sky tonight on Tamaki Drive.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2248 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Great sky tonight

    Yep. iPhone tweaking notwithstanding. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JacksonP,

    could be the Brown filter :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff, in reply to JacksonP,

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    Anvil house, central Wellington :)

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    Walkabout in Sydney eh? Some must have got wet feet.
    Anyhoo. Tried a new night shot technique, well new for me.
    Long exposure and Eco bulb (cool light).
    The Shed @ Burma Road.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4806 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    The "Car Park" isn't really that big. Try again.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4806 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

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    I fixed that for ya!

    Tried a new night shot technique,
    well new for me.

    Perhaps some problem with the shutter speed?
    It's ready for the Louvre now...
    ; - )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4866 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    The Shed @ Burma Road.

    Now I don't know whether to clean it up or leave it. Your call Steve. Can magic it away if you like and transfer your blurb to the other one.

    Nice shot by the way. When you say 'long', you mean more than 30secs?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Stairs and windows.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2248 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

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    Anvil house, central Wellington :)

    Stairs

    Pyramid, central Auckland. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    More birds - Takahe

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    Very impressed with all the beautiful bird pictures : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2248 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to JacksonP,

    Pyramid

    Is that one you prepared earlier? : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2248 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Another one

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Cross,

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    Loving the birds - those native NZers have very impressive beaks.

    Just caught the last of the action here... two chicks had already run underneath the puffed up ample bosom of this lapwing plover. Uber cute.

    Australia • Since Nov 2011 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Julie Cross,

    lapwing plover

    If they're anything like our spurwing plovers, they're shy, so you did well to snap them!

    I used to often hear them fly over at night, making that distinctive cry, when I lived in Opawa. But I almost never saw them.

    They're great at spotting new habitat if it opens up. When the land on the corner of Brougham and Colombo was cleared for a building project which fell through, there were depressions in the ground which filled with rainwater, and lots of sticky mud. A pair of spurwing plovers immediately moved in and acted like it was custom built. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3442 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Cross, in reply to Lilith __,

    If they're anything like

    "The Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), previously known as the Masked Plover and often called the Spur-winged Plover or just Plover"

    thanks Lilith, had to check with Google after you mentioned that... I'm quite confused by birds "previously known as" - and yes very shy on the ground. Quite aggressive when I wandered a bit close though, flying at me like a Mitsubishi Zero.

    Australia • Since Nov 2011 • 120 posts Report Reply

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