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Category: Birds (page 3 of 19)

Crossing the Road

Crossing the Road

Crossing the Road

Titirangi is “duck country” – drive carefully!

Cute

Baby Spur-winged Plover

Baby Spur-winged Plover

A couple of spur-winged plovers found the vacant plot (high wire mesh fences, patches of weed) so appealing, they started their family right there. So now there are a couple of the cutest plover chicks in a safe environment. If you walk past the property, one of the adults or possibly both start to shriek nervously, moving purposefully away from wherever the babies might be …

Parent Spur-winged Plover

Parent Spur-winged Plover

Caution: Low Flying Ducks

Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp

Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp

“Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp” is the title of this mural by Charles and Janine Williams. It covers a sizeable wall of the premises of Alsco along New North Road, Kingsland.

Putangitangi is the Maori word for the paradise shelduck; male in front, female to the left of the picture. Cabbage tree is the common name for cordyline species, and the reference is to a watercolour “Cabbage tree swamp” by John Backhouse (1845-1908), parts of which are quoted in the triangular bits of the mural. A reproduction of that painting is shown on a plaque beside the mural. The cabbage tree swamp is an area close by, now Eden Park, which in years gone by would have been teeming with these ducks.

The artists completed the painting of this work in five days this January, often working until midnight.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Mural by Charles and Janine Williams: Detail

Mural by Charles and Janine Williams: Detail

"Cabbage tree swamp" (John Backhouse)

“Cabbage tree swamp” (John Backhouse)

Little Shag

Little Shag

Little Shag

This little shag (kawaupaka, Microcarbo melanoleucos) eyes me with suspicion as it hangs out its wings to dry.

Odd One Out

Odd One Out

Odd One Out

A gull among the pigeons.

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

A mural in Poynton Terrace by Charles and Janine Williams, created in the 2014 All Fresco Festival (K-road Business Association). This bird is native to New Zealand, and major conservation efforts have taken place to bring its conservation status from ‘rare and endangered’ to ‘at risk – recovering’.

You can hear the song of North Island and South Island saddlebacks here (search for “hear the song”).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

The Puddle

Red Billed Gull

Red Billed Gull

A red billed gull taking a sip.

Two Ducks on the Water …

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

… two girls by the water, and one car in the water. A sad story unfolded since Friday afternoon, when this car was driven onto the soft mudflats of French Bay, and did not make it out when the tide came in. The second picture shows the situation on early Saturday afternoon, more or less at low tide, when the tide had flooded the car twice already. There are only 26 minutes between the top picture and the one at the bottom – showing how rapidly the water rises.

In the course of Saturday afternoon, a second car tried to help the first car out, unfortunately also striking difficulties. That second car was able to be towed to dry land, but not without getting wet. And another night submerged in the water for the first car…

If there is a lesson, it is that driving on sand is dicy enough, driving onto mudflats — well just don’t even think about it!

I have reported on a similar event at Armour Bay five years ago.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Need a Scratch

Pied Shag

Pied Shag

Pied shag (karuhiruhi, Phalacrocorax varius) on a rock at Western Springs.

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

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

This is one of the murals painted by Jeremy Shirley in this year’s “All Fresco” event of the K-Road Business Association. Sitting in somewhat cramped quarters, but looking out with piercing eyes, this is a portrait of a morepork (ruru, ninox novaeseelandiae), New Zealand’s only owl species.

Seen from the carpark corner Karangahape Road/ Gundry Street.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

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