Staglands Wildlife Reserve Part 5 : Feathered friends

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Paradise duck – male

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Paradise ducks

The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head.

Paradise shelducks are commonly observed flying in pairs or grazing on pasture. They are very vocal birds, with males giving a characteristic ‘zonk zonk’, while females make a more shrill ‘zeek zeek’ while flying or as a warning to intruders.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/paradise-duck-putakitaki/

KEA

I could not see them that well.

They were up on a perch.

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Kea, New Zealand’s mountain parrot

If you are a frequent visitor to or live in an alpine environment you will know the kea well. Raucous cries of “keeaa” often give away the presence of these highly social and inquisitive birds. However, their endearing and mischievous behaviour can cause conflict with people.

Kea (Nestor  notabilis) are an endemic parrot of the South Island’s high country. Although kea are seen in reasonable numbers throughout the South Island, the size of the wild population is unknown – but is estimated at between 1,000 and 5,000 birds.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/kea/

 

More Feathered friends.

 

 

 

Story Challenge : Letter E – Emu

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IUCN: Least concern

• A large, flightless bird, the emu is the second largest bird after the ostrich. Emus can grow up to 1.9m tall.

• Emus ingest large stones to help them break down their food.

• Female emus will lay up to 15 dark green eggs into a nest built by their mate.

http://www.wellingtonzoo.com/content/animals/our-collection.aspx

The Emu (play /ˈmjuː/ or /ˈm/;[5] Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. There are three subspecies of Emus in Australia. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu

The following photos were taken in the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand.

I am watching you! I love the glitter of your camera!

I specially did my hair for the photo session.

I have to give it a last go. How much are you going to pay me for the session?

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Early morning walks

Early morning walk starts just after 7am every morning. The sun has not risen by that time and it is quite chilly  early in the morning.

Here is my best mate Trompie with whom I walk at least 3 times a day. He tells me most of the time when we have to start our walks. You can set your watch to his timing.

While on my walks I see the following interesting things, this is early mornings.

Two Kereru or New Zealand Pigeons will pass in flight to the tall trees up the hill.They live mostly in native forests

but in winter will sometimes feed in gardens. They are endemic to N Z. Also known as wood pigeons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Pigeon

Then there is also the Tui. They sit up in the trees and sing their own familiar song each morning. As if they are having a conversation with passers by.They are endemic to N Z. They are the first bird to sing in the mornings and last ones at night.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tui_(bird)

Black birds and starlings are also very busy early mornings.

Then the next we meet on the way is a big friend of Trompie. They meet each other every morning with “hello’s and how are you’s”. This is best cat friend Buddy!

Very interesting these early morning walks.

During evening walks (just before bedtime) we also encounter interesting things here. There is a hedgehog roaming about that late at night and Trompie always must have a look at it. Then at night I hear the Morepork/Ruru hooting. This is a native bird of N Z. Its hoot sounds like” more pork, more pork”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Boobook

That is it for now. A little bit of my life in New Zealand.