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Category: Birds (page 2 of 19)

Godwits

Godwits

Godwits

Near Eric Armishaw Reserve, Point Chevalier. It won’t be long before these birds will migrate back to their breeding grounds in Alaska (knots go to Siberia).

While the trip of the godwits from Alaska to NZ is done along the direct non-stop route over water, the return journey has less favorable winds and requires staging points in the Yellow Sea.

Godwits and Knots

Godwits and Knots

Hurry, Hurry!

Pukeko

Pukeko

The pukeko (swamp hen, porphyrio porphyrio) wanted to go to the other side of the sports field, and quick!

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

One Month Old

Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

The pied stilts at Taumanu Reserve have grown a lot in the month since they hatched (could be a couple of days more). Still not flying, but quite independent – under watchful eyes of the parents.

Wing Stretch

Wing Stretch

Tui and Flax

Tui

Tui

The nectar of NZ Flax (Phormium tenax) is a favorite food source of the tui.

Hide and Seek?

Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts at Taumanu Reserve

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt

Pied stilts (Himantopus himantopus) are black and white wading birds with pinkish legs. In the present perspective the legs are hidden.

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

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt

Cuteness Alert

Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

The newly reclaimed Onehunga foreshore – now named “Taumanu Reserve” – was opened last November. It is pleasing to see that after all the disturbance with heavy earthmoving machinery etc the birds appear to have adopted the place. Oystercatchers and pied stilts are roosting there regularly, and a number of NZ dotterels are in residence; ducks and herons too.

And the pied stilts have offspring.

Pied Stilt Chick

Pied Stilt Chick

Tui

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic New Zealand bird of the honeyeater family. The tuft of white feathers at the throat explains the obsolete English name “parson bird”. Shown here on New Zealand flax (phormium tenax) at the Arataki Lookout.

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

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka)

Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka)

The new Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga foreshore) is home to a fine array of birdlife. Here a pied stilt (Himantopus himantopus, poaka) in flight.

Harvest

Kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon)

Kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon)

A New Zealand woodpigeon picks off the ripening berries of the wineberry tree (Aristotelia serrata, makomako).

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