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Kanuka Blossom

Kanuka Blossom

Kanuka Blossom

The white patches in the bush are getting paler, as the flowering season of the ti trees comes to an end. Kanuka and Manuka are both generically known as “ti tree” (or tea tree – the fine leaves can be used to brew an infusion), and both used to be classified as leptospermum.…

The Bush in Bloom

The Bush in Bloom

The Bush in Bloom

This time of year, manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and kanuka (Kunzea ericoides) trees are in flower, adding patches of white to the basic green of the bush. We will look at the flowers up close in later posts.…

Manuka Blossom

Manuka Blossom

Manuka Blossom

The picture shows some similarity with the kanuka flowers, but the flowers of manuka (leptospermum scoparium) are larger (about 15mm diameter), the leaves of manuka are prickly and larger than those of kanuka. The plant is usually a shrub of up to 5 metres.…

The Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Recently we had more wood pigeons (hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) around the house than ever before. I was just going to have breakfast on the deck when this one flew into a nearby kanuka tree, staying long enough to let me get my camera, and obligingly moving its head forward into the sunlight.…

They are Back

Vespula Germanica

Vespula Germanica

Every summer, the wasps visit us in greater or lesser numbers, and presently the first ones have arrived. They are attracted to the timber rail of our deck where they take shavings for use in the construction of their nests.…

Daydreaming (Kereru)

New Zealand Wood Pigeon

New Zealand Wood Pigeon

This New Zealand Wood Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae, kereru) had found a comfortable resting place in the forked branches of a kanuka tree next to our deck, where it stayed for quite some time.

Thanks to Mrs H for alerting me to it.…

Kereru

Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon)

Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon)

When they pose in such excellent light, I find the wood pigeons (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) irresistible. Does not happen too often, but every now and then I like to show them off. Sitting on a kanuka tree.…

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