Weather and visitors meant I didn't get out today , so am just posting a few more NZ shots . Firstly the Paradise Ducks , or Putangitangi in Maouri . Unusually , the male is the dullest of the pair , but still a striking bird . The female , even more striking , with it's white head and even more colourful plumage . As I have said before , the introduced Mynha birds are the 'bully boys' in the garden , sometimes numbering 15/20 , especially when scraps were thrown out . The New Zealand Woodpigeon , was a bird that I never saw on the ground , always seen like this one , high in the Gum Trees , or , secreted amongst the thick vegetation , down by the stream . A few insects found around the garden , included this Weta , looking somewhat like a Cricket . This one , a female , identified by the ovipositor on the end of her abdomen . These insects are nocturnal and this one was prepared to defend itself with those strange hind legs . In amongst the vegetation , I found quite a few juvenile Stick Insects , but I was never fortunate enough to find an adult , although our daughter said she saw the adults quite often . One of the many Spiders found around the house , not surprising as the house is built on sloping land to the back , giving ideal habitat for the Spiders underneath . And finally , one of the Bottlebrush flowers , to which my favourite NZ bird , the Tui , was attracted to each morning for it's breakfast .
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