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

June 8, 2011

Painted Boxes: Bush and Birds (Monique Endt)

Filed under: Art,Birds,Henderson,Painted Boxes,Trees — paul @ 6:44 am
Bush and Birds: Monique Endt

Bush and Birds: Monique Endt

This transformer stands outside 13 Forest Hill Road, Henderson. It appears to be a replacement of an earlier transformer, also painted by Monique Endt, the new box sitting on a stately concrete pad, elevated from the ground. Again, New Zealand Wood Pigeons feature prominently, with one of their favorite food sources, the Nikau palm. Ferns and manuka/kanuka trees and kawakawa (whose round leaves always seem to have holes eaten into them) illustrate the bush. A typical pose for the pukeko (swamp hen) shows the almost human hand-like claws. And round the corner a trio of fantails flits about in search of insects.

Painting by Monique Endt. Monique is a local artist and has featured here before.

The Pukeko

The Pukeko




  1. Pukeko actually use their claws when feeding on clover. They pull up the entire plant with their beak, grasp the foliage with their claw and eat the roots.
    Fascinating stuff.
    Good art, too

    Comment by jb — June 8, 2011 @ 7:05 am

  2. I love these – most unusual ..

    Comment by Petrus — June 9, 2011 @ 9:37 am

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