In between rainy days I found this Camellia busily flowering.
The winter light was perfect today for showing off the stunning colours of the Tui. This image is a rough one but the iridescent blues being highlighted make it worth posting. This bird had just swept through moving another Tui and several Sparrows away from the sugar-water feeders. His flight-path saw him perch briefly here in the Wonga Wonga vine. Tui look black from a distance but any dark feathers are brown.
On my recent visit to Plimmerton beach I watched a pair of White faced Herons glide in on the gentlest curve to land on the rocks. The tide was lowering so there were plenty of rock pools for them to forage in.
The smaller of the two was very close to where I was seated and so I was able to observe and photograph it as it fished for small and often silvery food items.
It was amazing to watch the bird shift its weight almost imperceptibly on to its left leg while the right leg very gently and quickly stirred the water. It was not a vigorous movement but it netted a morsel into that darting beak every time.
We live in an area close to the Pauatahanui Inlet so we see these lovely Herons on the shore very frequently. It was very special to be so close to them on this visit.
Te Kukuwai O Toa.
We enjoyed a wander around this re-established wetland in Porirua this afternoon. It is an area that is central to our local Iwi and was very prone to flooding. The plantings will assist in filtering out contaminants which will improve the health of Porirua harbour. Birds of note so far were a pair of sleepy Paradise ducks, and Swallows flying too fast for my eye to catch on camera. I hope Mitre 10 Mega donated towards this project because they are receiving a lot of free advertising.😉
Winter is definitely here. So little sun today and bad weather approaching. Freezing cold wind, blackened twiglets but firey red in the Nandina berries.
I have been fortunate in the past three or more years to hear the beautiful song of the Korimako, New Zealand Bellbird. Eventually I spotted one in the garden but it was a fleeting view as this fast moving bird was there and gone.
Two very tall Bottle Brush trees in neighbouring gardens provide food for our nectar feeding birds, especially the Tui and Bellbird.
My attempts to photograph a Bellbird have been futile so far. But today our lovely visiting Bellbird ( or perhaps more than one) has been in and around the garden and singing temptingly close by.
With cold winter light offering little assistance I ventured out with my camera to try and locate Korimako feeding in the tree across the road. The zoom on my camera is very good and I was able to gain one photo.
I crossed the road carefully and stood a way off from the tree believing that the bird would be fearful and take flight. However food was a stronger pull and with plenty of foliage to hide safely in I was able to move closer and closer without causing the bird to fly away.
My luck held and I came home with some pleasing photographs and the great sense of achievement gained from ticking a “wanted bird” off the list.
I have included a link to a sound clip of the clear, bell like song of this very special New Zealand native bird.
“Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.”
— Wendell Berry (Sabbaths)
A new “smarty pants” camera means a lot of playing is needed to learn how it works and how to get satisfying results with it.
The Japanese Maple tree has provided me with a great subject to play around with on the camera. I also love to explore light as I take photographs.
So some of these following images are taken with the sunlight behind me, some with the leaves backlit, others a wonderful example of the sheer beauty this tree has offered to us in the past fortnight.