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.