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Kereru -- New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru — New Zealand Woodpigeon

The cabbage tree is fruiting prolifically – a feast for the kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon).…

Location Signs: Cornwallis

Location Sign: Cornwallis

Location Sign: Cornwallis


This is the sign at the entrance to the tiny beach community of Cornwallis (map). It depicts native icons: nikau palm, kowhai blossom, and kereru (NZ wood pigeon).

Artwork by Chris Hunt.…

Sunrise at the Lookout

Sculpture at the Arataki Lookout

Sculpture at the Arataki Lookout

Not long after Christmas a lookout above the Arataki Visitor Centre was opened. This morning, I finally paid a visit, watching the sunrise. Quite crisp, but thankfully no wind. The picture was taken about 10 minutes after the sun got up – I waited for the shadow of a distant tree to move off, and to get a bit stronger light.…

Painted Boxes: Birds, Bush, Manukau Harbour (Monique Endt)

Birds, Bush, Manukau Harbour (Monique Endt)

Birds, Bush, Manukau Harbour (Monique Endt)

This telecommunications box stands in South Titirangi Road, by the bus shelter at the intersection with McEldowney Road. Painted by Monique Endt, it depicts a mixture of what can be seen in that area: bush views with birdlife (fantails, kereru and tui) and views of the Manukau Harbour.…

Cordyline Australis

Cabbage Tree in Flower

Cabbage Tree in Flower

November is the time when the cabbage trees (cordyline australis) are in bloom. And this year, the tree by our deck is doing itself proud! Incidentally, this is the tree on which I took the picture of the kereru when the berries had ripened.…

Fog

Kereru -- New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru — New Zealand Woodpigeon

I had gone up to the Arataki Visitor Centre in the hope to get a few shots of misty scenery. But when I got there, I found myself surrounded by fog. Ready to return home, I spotted this woodpigeon resting on a branch of a kauri tree nearby: perfect background, with a mere hint of the bush-clad hills in the distance.…

How Convenient! #8

Bellwood Avenue Convenience

Bellwood Avenue Convenience

A mural showing a tui in a kowhai tree disguises the public conveniences in Bellwood Avenue, near Dominion Road. The bird theme continues with fine tile work of birdlife.

Fantails

Fantails

Kereru, New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru, New Zealand Woodpigeon

Puriri

Puriri Blossom

Puriri Blossom

A favorite food plant of the kereru (New Zealand Woodpigeon), the puriri (vitex lucens) can grow to a height of 20 metres or more, character specimen who survive uprooting, broken limbs and all adversity. Apart from the awe inspiring forest trees, where the blossom or fruit are mainly noticed on the ground when you watch your step, young puriri are also popular in plantings in parks and other places.…

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