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Back at the Lake

I paid a quick visit to the local lake again yesterday to see how much the Australian Coot chicks had grown.

I only spotted one being fed attentively by a parent bird.

Australian Coot with chick, Whitby, Porirua

Australian Coot with chick, Whitby, Porirua

This chick looked sturdier and was very hungry but still light enough to be supported by a fallen reed.
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How cute is a Coot?

The day was clear and sunny and I wandered down to the local man-made lake. I had hoped for some ducklings or cygnets and none were in evidence. However tucked in to the edge of the bullrushes were these fluffy scraps with yellow spikey scarves, red coloured heads and beaks.DSCF1032 (640x480)

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Initially I thought they must be Pukeko chicks but the Pukeko’s usually live and nest in a more remote spot of the lake where the rushes are much thicker and matted.

When an adult Australian Coot appeared from the rushes it was very obvious that these chicks belonged to her, or him. A second adult appeared and with it another baby.
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The parents busily fed the chicks and chased away any other duck that came too close to their young.
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It is remarkable to see chicks with such different colourings to their parents when they are so young. A closer look at the babies’ beaks shows the tip to be white just like their parents.

A gaggle of geese

As I walked down the lakeside path look who is here.
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One head popped up from a snooze and by the time I took the photo another eye was upon me too.
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I walked very slowly and quietly towards the four geese. My proximity caused some stretching to happen.

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As I drew closer there was some gossiping beginning to happen in hushed tones, not hissing tones thank goodness.
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In fact the four females were neither camera shy, nor aggressive towards me. All the while there was a discussion going on between them as to my credentials and authorization status. This conferring did require a team meeting.
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One even posed to show me her best side.

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And I was granted the right to proceed down the path to discover a lovely young Rimu tree.
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Friday wrap-up, a day late

Saturday 2nd July: Friday wrap-up, a day late.

So here are a few things that have happened today. It has been a good one.

 I realized that the very cold weather we have had this week is just the thing to stimulate my newly planted garlic bulbs.

 The coffee was good and hot at the café this morning

 A friend and I had a discussion about resilience which is a topic we are both interested in

 I walked around the lake near our shopping centre and enjoyed the winter light, the water, the birds and some stunning colours that surprised me in the depths of a steely, raw winter’s day

 Hot soup was just the right food for lunch

 I took some interesting photos on a walk near my home. I’ve included these two of a Melia tree near our local dairy. It looks so vastly different to the one in my garden.

 I completed my Garden Bird survey and was delighted by the number of chaffinchs in the count this year

 I did a guided meditation as the light of the day faded

 Everyone enjoyed their hot roast dinner

 There was some humorous television to watch in the evening.

And I found a new blog which I will be following closely with great interest. I’d encourage you to have a look:-)