Sunday, 22 January 2017

Squirrel Appreciation Day

During a recent trip in America I was lucky enough to encounter a variety of squirrels in many of the places I went. These creatures are always a favourite of mine to look out for overseas, particularly since we don't have any at home.

I am always captivated by how strong their personalities are and how clearly they come across. They definitely don't seem to be limited by their size and are very bold and inquisitive. At home I often wonder what it would be like to have a bunch of these guys hanging out in all our trees.

While in America I was quite fascinated to see the differences in sizes and appearances from common squirrels across the States. At the Grand Canyon in particular the squirrels were a lot smaller. However, their personalities were just as big. The dude above spent almost an hour chirping away above the canyon calling out to all his friends.

In Houston, while the zoo had a variety of different squirrels on display, including this little guy who enjoyed hiding his nuts in the sand. The ones outside in the part were particularly bold and didn't seem to care for the people around them. I was able to sit on a bench and watch this boar scurry around within feet of me, not at all bothered by my presence or camera.

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.