Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday My Town Shoot out - Birds




This week's topic has been chosen by Scriptor Senex.  I don't have the talent or equipment to capture good photos of birds, although I have really tried for this post - with pathetic results.

So I decided to just share a few photos of New Zealand native birds.  The first is one of my favourites, the kereru (bush pigeon), New Zealand’s only endemic pigeon.:


My daughter got this next photo of a kea when she was in the South Island recently.  Kea are highly social and inquisitive birds although their mischievous behaviour  is not always appreciated. They are found only in the Sth Island:



Another favourite of mine is the tui which are common throughout the country, in cities and in the countryside. 
They are beautiful birds which can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies long before they are spotted.



OK, I know the peacock is not a native but where else might you see them sharing their days (don't know where they go at night) with the cows?



This Australian, the magpie, is considered a pest by the majority of Kiwis but I like them.

And, just one more, taken in case I couldn't gather up enough photos for a post, an odd looking bird indeed:



To see the birds of other FSO members, just click here.  I added links to our native birds if anyone wants to know more about them. 

27 comments:

  1. there are 8 posts up and 3 (including mine) have peacocks, made me wonder where are they native? quick google search brought up this info....
    "A Peacock is found in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Himalayas; introduced worldwide."
    I enjoyed.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, the Australian Crow is much prettier than the American Crow. My favorite photo is the last one of course. Have a great week, Pauline!

    ReplyDelete
  3. The umbrella is just too cute!

    I love your selection of birds...every time we post new themes they just get better and better! No I love them all, and yours is no exception...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love that photo of the last Bird. The crow in the photo has just caught some food by the looks of it. Happy days.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You have the most beautiful pigeons there in New Zealand but, of course you do, New Zealand is a dream of a place.

    I like the photo of the cows and the peacock, and I've not ever seen a crow that was black and white...very pretty :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. No wonder I confuse other people. I even manage to confuse myself. When I read comments about crows I thought, "What are they talking about? Crows? I don't have any crows in my post!" Double checked and muggins me had called a magpie a crow, which might be forgivable if I were colour blind! Sorry, folks, I apologise to the magpie - and to anyone else I confused.

    ReplyDelete
  7. My daughter had an internship on a tiny island near S. Island a few years ago, transplanting a native New Zealand bird to a place where there were no stoats; this means we have a terrific field guide to New Zealand birds in our house. I'm hanging on to it just in case we ever get lucky enough to travel there ourselves. You have everything from penguins to pigeons. Love it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm confused now. Whatever the name of the bird, I like the black and white one you captured in flight. Oh, and that umbrella is very cool. I think you did a fabulous job of capturing birds.

    ReplyDelete
  9. you have beautiful peacock photos, and that final one is adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Pauline, not wishing to denigrate your efforts you haven't by chance been taking tips from me have you?

    ReplyDelete
  11. I t5hink you sell yourself short, Pauline. That's a great set of photos.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The umbrella bird at the end is wonderful! And I have always wondered what a magpie looked like.

    ReplyDelete
  13. You did quite a lovely job on your photos...I love that little birdy peeking from under the umbrella.

    ReplyDelete
  14. The cows and the peacocks cracked me up. You know, just hanging out together, like they do.
    The magpie looks big! Would love to see one in person.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Geeze, even your pigeons are more photogenic than ours!

    Is that fair?

    Excellent photo Pauline!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love that unique last bird, Pauline, great shootout!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great post. This has turned out to be a very interesting and informative shoot out. But, then again they always are. You have some great shots. My favorite is the cutie with the umbrella bird.
    QMM

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh how fun to see birds from there..so different from here in Idaho!! Wow! You have wild peacocks??? They are soooo loud!! Wonderful shootout! Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  19. That Kea is cute!! I want one :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Cheers,
    Harold
    myworldthruthelens.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Great shoot out! I have to say the last bird is my very favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  21. That umbrella is adorable. Peacocks and cows, an interesting combination!

    ReplyDelete
  22. beautiful birds you have in New Zealand, but the last shot is so precious!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great shots, Pauline - and I loved the umbrella. Thanks for taking part.

    ReplyDelete
  24. that was really nice to read that.. that was really great post.. it seem great images ..it's really great .. for more information on bird control, pigeon deterrent spikes, pigeon control, pest bird control, bird deterrent u can visit http://www.usabirdcontrol.com

    ReplyDelete

I love to know who's visiting. Leave me a sign!