Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

June 16, 2010

Painted Boxes: Heron Park (Doug Ford)

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Birds,Painted Boxes — paul @ 10:19 am
Painted Boxes: Heron Park (Doug Ford)

Painted Boxes: Heron Park (Doug Ford)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This is a box by Doug Ford, situated where Blockhouse Bay Road meets Great North Road (map). Painted in 2005, it depicts 3 species of herons (white-faced heron, white heron, reef heron – front to back, or if you speak Latin they are Ardea novaehollandiae, Egretta alba modesta, Egretta sacra). On the other side we have a landscape with a white heron in flight, see picture below, where one can see a bit of the Avondale Lions Club in the background.

The white heron is pretty rare in this part of New Zealand, but is occasionally seen around the shores of the Manukau Harbour, and it has also been quite some time since I last saw a reef heron. But white-faced herons are abundant wherever there are shores or wetlands.

Edit 19 Jan 2011: This box has been replaced (on December 5, 2010) by a brand new one, free of any artistic merit…
(Thanks to Lisa of Timespanner, who researched the disappearance of the herons.)

Painted Boxes: Heron Park (Doug Ford)

Painted Boxes: Heron Park (Doug Ford)

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