Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: November 2012 (Page 2 of 3)

Why Did …

In Step

In Step

… the pukekos cross the road? And why in perfectly synchronized step? — Rhetorical questions, unless you have the answers for me!

Pukekos (Porphyrio porphyrio) are NZ native swamphens, and capable of comical stances which have also been exploitet in commercials, as for example here and here.…

Paradise Shelducks

Paradise Shelduck: Female and Male

Paradise Shelduck: Female and Male

Paradise Shelducks are a New Zealand species. They mostly occur in pairs, and (unlike in most cases in the world of birds – and very much like in the human world) the females are the more ornate ones.…

Two Swans

Two Swans

Two Swans

In recent days I spent some time at Western Springs watching birds – and then came the post processing.

Black swans like these are abundant in New Zealand, whilst there are only small numbers of white ones.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.…

The Downpour

Hailstones

Hailstones

We had a fine day in Titirangi, yesterday, hearing with disbelief when friends reported downpours from the East of the city. In the afternoon, I went to a Megastore in Henderson, and not long after I had entered the thundering roar of heavy rain and hailstones filled the halls.…

In Step

In Step

In Step

In 2010, horse racing at the Avondale Racecourse was suspended, due to financial difficulties of the club. In October, racing resumed, and I went to yesterday’s race meeting. Some 10 minutes before the races, the horses are called up for “plate inspection” (where their plates are checked, and the markings of the horse are verified), and then the handlers parade them around in the “birdcage”, to allow punters a close look at their favorites.…

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