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

February 27, 2016

Hurry, Hurry!

Filed under: Birds,Black and White — paul @ 7:13 am
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.

February 19, 2016

One Month Old

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:59 pm
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

February 11, 2016

Tui and Flax

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi — paul @ 8:26 am
Tui

Tui

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

February 8, 2016

Hide and Seek?

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga,Smile — paul @ 7:00 am
Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts at Taumanu Reserve

January 30, 2016

Pied Stilt

Filed under: Birds,Black and White — paul @ 7:01 am
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

January 26, 2016

Cuteness Alert

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 7:03 am
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

January 23, 2016

Tui

Filed under: Birds,Black and White — paul @ 7:05 am
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.

January 21, 2016

Pied Stilt

Filed under: Birds,Onehunga — paul @ 8:38 am
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.

January 18, 2016

Harvest

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi,Trees — paul @ 7:05 am
Kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon)

Kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon)

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

November 2, 2015

Crossing the Road

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi — paul @ 8:51 am
Crossing the Road

Crossing the Road

Titirangi is “duck country” – drive carefully!

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