Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 238 - Taking a bath

A bit rushed this week - as some of you may know I am in India on a work trip - so things are a bit hectic!  And I thought I had set a WBW post up for this week - only to find I was wrong!

Indian birds and pictures to follow soon!

These birds are House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) taking a dust bath in a car park in New Zealand.  Given that they seem to have excavated little holes in the ground, it seems to a popular location for a bath.  The dust also seems to have given the birds a little more colour than normal!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A taste of things to come

I am just over half way though a work trip to India - although I have been able to sneak a few side trips into the schedule!

These are some of the shots I have taken in the last few days.  More to follow.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 237 - Weka

The Weka (Gallirallus australis) is an endemic, flightless rail from New Zealand (and only New Zealand!).  The bird is about 50cm long and weighs in between 700 and 1000g - in other words it's about the same size as a small chicken.

Those of you with good memories may recall that I posted some images of Woodhen from Lord Howe Island about a year ago. Woodhen and Weka are in the same genus and have both become flightless.  I say 'become' because both species of birds are found on remote (ish) island and it's sure that the ancestors of these birds did not swim to these islands!

These pictures are of two different birds and I suspect that they are examples of two of the four 'types' found in NZ.  The first first bird seems to be one of the 'buff' forms - its does seem rather more 'ginger' than the darker bird, which may be the 'western' form.

In any case the first bird was very inquisitive and walked up to and past us without much bother.  I would have liked to get a bit lower for some of the shots of that bird, but we were half way though a walk and things were a little damp underfoot!  It's why I normally wear (or carry) a coat of some form!

Pictures from this point are of the second 'darker' bird.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A different side of New Zealand.

New Zealand was wonderful - great scenery, strange wild life, good walks and ample craft beer.

But another thing struck me - even the smaller places we visited had war-memorials.  I don't know why this surprised me, but it did.  The UK and Australia have many such memorials - but to see them in such a small country, so far away from the places where the soldiers fought was a real eye-opener.

Once again I could not help but think that the loud mouthed (almost aways) men who wage war from their offices never really have to bear the cost.  I also cannot help but think that this poster may be of use in the four years to come.

The first images are from Wellington's Museum and War Memorial, the next from Karekare Beach (which is the black sand beach from previous) posts and the last image is from a walk around the edges of Marlborough Sound, nr. Picton on the South Island.

I dont often post post such as this - but sometimes we need to face facts and there are no convenient alternatives. 

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