Yesterday I posted about the last week or so. In that post I mentioned that my kowhai tree was flowering and that I hoped the Tuis would come and visit the tree.
Well they have been visiting. Yippee! My point and shoot camera has a limited zoom and Tuis are wary of people so my shots are not that close unfortunately.
I hope you can see the Tui in the tree and then flying away. I am so delighted that they are coming to drink the nectar from this lovely tree.
I love birds. It is fun to see your spring photos and the tree with flowers. The leaves are now falling from our trees 🙂
It is great to be able to share photos and observe the differences and similarities in nature Judy.
It’s so exciting when the first tuis of spring arrive. Clever you to catch it with your camera. I’m just catching up on your posts now, after a little break.
Welcome back Juliet. My photos of the Tuis were both surprising to me and very satisfying. Spring is full on here at the moment.
What is a Tuis? I am not familiar so please enlighten me. It is fall here in the United States so to see blooms (spring, not autumn) is different for me–thank you for “culturizing” me once again. It is appreciated!
Tuis are native birds here in New Zealand. They are one of my favourite birds and in the past few years they have returned in increasing numbers to the area I live in. This is thanks to purpose built sanctuaries and pest free islands as well as pest eradication programmes in our bush and wooded areas. Oppossums, stoats, ferrets and weasels eat the eggs and young of many of our native birds, hence the eradication programmes.
We have lived in this house for over 20 years and when we first lived here there were no Tuis but now we enjoy them almost all year round. They disappear for a bit over summer as they raise their young and seek out other food sources I am guessing.
A single bird is called a Tui, a Maori name (Maori are the indigenous people of my lovely country).
Follow this link: http://nzbirds.com/birds/tui.html and you can even hear a little of the Tui’s amazing song. It has two voice boxes which means it can sing in ways we cannot hear at times but it means it can also produce a huge range of noises, notes and song. They are busy, energetic, acrobatic, noisy, beautifully coloured and feathered and generally a joy in my life. Thanks for asking the question Anna. I hope this helps. We have much to share about our different lands.
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My first post recording Tuis in my garden. October 13th 2011