Today was spent hedgelaying up on the Greensand Ridge , in thick mist to begin with , varying drizzle for most of the day , and heavier rain as daylight was starting to fade . All in all a miserable day , but the hedge needs to be layed , so we got on with it and just got wetter and wetter as the day went by . The only wildlife I came across , was my first hearing of Fieldfares , as they flew over and settled in a wooded area , and a couple of mushroom species , that I have already posted this Autumn .
As there was nothing else to post , I'm posting a few more of the bird species recorded on our visit to New Zealand . The first , a native bird , and I must admit a favourite of mine , the Tui . They were seen most days in and around the garden , but always very secretive . I loved the way when they flew in , always to a well leaved tree , the bird would announce it's arrival with a very melodious series of notes . I photographed the bird in the picture when we went to the beach with the grandchildren to fly a kite . This male treated the tree and flowers as 'his' property , and chased off any other arrivals . The white on its neck is a very unusual sack type growth that I think only the male has .
Around most areas of fresh water we visited , to feed the ducks or whatever , we usually found Pukekos or Purple Swamp Hens , looking like an overgrown Moorhen , but always moving off if we got too close . The grandchildren had story books featuring these birds .
Also around water , fresh or salt , you had only to open the car door and you would be surrounded by noisy Red Billed Gulls . I would say they are NZ equivilent of our Black Headed Gulls , but brighter .
Whilst working in the garden , I often heard the bubbly call of another of my favourites , the Fantail . One day there were three males persuing a single female , each of the males spreading it's wings and tail to attract her . This one flattened itself to the tree and allowed a shot .
Yet another introduced species recorded in the garden and often along the roadsides , was the Californian Quail . This one is a male with a large projection from the top of the head , the females seemed to have a smaller projection .
And finally , pictured on the garden fence , and often seen on the quieter lawn next door , the White Faced Heron . We also saw Grey Heron , but this species is less numerous . Like the Kingfishers and many other species , worms from the lawn was what it was after .
More from NZ on another quiet day .
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