Feather tips

Many readers of my blog will know how much I enjoy feeding the Tui and taking photographs of these iconic and special New Zealand birds.

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As word has got about in the Tui world that we have two sugar water feeders on offer, the number of birds visiting each day to drink their fill has risen. Antics at the feeders have increased substantially too.

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Moulting season has come and gone this year and with it a small but delightful collection of feathers have been left in my garden.

Here is a selection from my collection:

Filamentous feathers of a Tui’s white, double tufted curled feather wattle

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Filoplume feather from a Tui’s “shawl” around its neck and across its upper back
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Wing or tail feathers showing some iridescence

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Soft brownish breast or underbelly feathers showing some iridescence

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Possibly fledgling’s soft downy feathers?
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And in other feathery news I have spotted a Bellbird investigating the feeder and also checking out the bottle brush bushes….no photos…..or Bellbird feather treasure……yet…..


15 thoughts on “Feather tips

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I have a few other little ones and I think as you do Juliet – a lovely thank you for their nectar – a “tip” of sorts, although we don’t tip here in NZ as they do in other countries:-)

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      They are treasures. I would miss the Tui dreadfully. We visited here last year and heard Tuihttp://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/reserves/fensham-reserve-carterton
      It is a wonderful place to visit and explore – your boy would love it.

      1. kiwiyarns

        I meant to go there this weekend actually, but two excited boys having a sleepover proved far to difficult to shift from the house… I’ll get there! Soon…

      2. ordinarygood Post author

        I’m glad you plan to go there. We stumbled upon it and really enjoyed its special qualities. Sadly several of my ancestors were part of the bush clearing crews in the Wairarapa in the 1880s and 1890s:-((

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