Just a quick post to explain my absence for the last three weeks or so . During that time , we were in New Zealand , visiting our daughter , and seeing our latest grandson for the first time . They live in Kerikeri , on the North Island , not far from the Bay of Islands , in a semi tropical area , used mainly for fruit production . Obviously the visit was family orientated , but whilst out and about , I did manage to record some of the local wildlife . I recorded 38 species of birds , surprisingly , 25 of those species were heard/seen from the garden , which slopes down to a small stream . Amongst the regular daily sightings from the garden were , a pair of Kingfishers , who perched on the fence , and swooped for worms from the lawn most evenings , up to 4 Australasian Harriers , including one juvenile , which I think were nesting in the tall Gum trees , forming part of the orchard shelterbelt , within a stones throw of the garden , and a super little songster called a Silvereye , and my personal favourite , the native Tui . Some species were easily recognised from back home , as introduced species like Song Thrush , Starling , Chaffinch and Yellowhammer were all recorded together with more exotic species like Mynahs and Eastern Rosellas . A few interesting insects were also recorded , including this female Paper Wasp , building her nest just below the decking . My daughter said that they were nothing to worry about , but , given my track record , one landed in the crook of my arm , and stung me . Butterflies were few , but I did manage some shots of a Monarch , a beautiful specimen , and will post them later . Being that Spring is just starting there , many of the roadside ditches were ablaze with vibrant Gladdioli type flowers , Oxeye Daisies and many more . It was a shame to cut the lawns , as amongst the grass , were lots of this little beauty , the name of which I don't know .
I don't intend to do a separate post with other photos , but intend to use them to 'bulk out' other posts during the Winter/quieter time .
After 34.5 hours of cars , airports and planes , that 'goggle-eyed' feeling is creeping up again , so will leave it there for now , finishing with a Mauri greeting , heard often during our visit
Kia Ora .
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