Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A day at the beach

This summer has been one for the record books. 
We have had an amazing three months of mostly fabulous weather and limited wind, something of a rarity for Wellington. This has meant many beach days and fish n' chip nights.


 On a recent evening down there I was able to witness a true battle of wills. A number of seagulls had congregated in a wide circle around a group of people eating their dinner and were fighting for prime real estate closest to the food. 
The first bird on scene was very protective of his territory and spent most of his time attempting to chase the competition away. Very funny to watch and after they left I noticed the seagull highway they left behind in the sand.



Monday, 22 February 2016

What'chu Looking At?

While walking the farm over Christmas I spotted these two spying on me from the neighbours.
They were quite the sight trying to hide in the foxgloves.




Thursday, 31 December 2015

Setting the Sun on 2015

As the clock nears midnight here in New Zealand it is time to say goodbye to another year gone. It has been a year of great change and one where my blog has been severely neglected.
However, as the sun rises tomorrow on a new year and 2016 starts there will be new resolutions and no doubt plenty more changes to come.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Lake Lovers


On a recent trip to Taupo I took in some of the local bird life.


There is a reasonable number of black swans that appear to call the lake home and most seem to spend their time upside down finding food at the bottom of the lake.


Due to the crystal clear water this morning we were able to witness them digging around the stony bottom.


We also came across this very interesting looking Mallard duck. I have never seen one so white before, there was even a joke that maybe it was half seagull. 
Along with Mrs Mallard there were some gorgeous little ducklings hiding in the clover at the edge of the shore.




Friday, 31 July 2015

The Moon and His Friends


For the past month and a bit we have had a very interesting night sky in New Zealand. In late June we saw the appearance of the Bethlehem star for the first time in 2000 years. This occurs when Jupiter and Venus appear to overlap from the earth's perspective. Unfortunately at the time I was unable to get any photos.


In this photo you can see Jupiter and Venus, I'm unsure which one is on top, as well as the Crescent Moon and Mercury hanging out to the right.