This lone, young and tiny bird (a pigeon, or dove maybe) pecked around on the bush path for food and seemed to have no inclination to fly away from us.
Eventually, it fluttered upwards and alighted on a branch, posing for this picture.
The black and blue king of his watery realm, a branch his sunlit throne.
‘Clock Tower, Flag & Bird’
‘Mudstalking In Golden Light’
A white-faced heron manages the neat trick of managing to walk gracefully through thick, oozing mud, illuminated by late afternoon sunlight.
I love to watch their slow, deliberate stalking gait as they forage. If they find something edible, the slo mo stuff ends with rapid beak-led motion towards their prey.
An uncommon but very cool local sighting of a royal spoonbill last weekend.
Originally coming from Australia in about 1950 ,there are about 2,000 of the birds now in New Zealand, but hardly seen in my neck of the woods.
‘Bird On A Wire’
‘Now To Spread Yer Wings’ April 2020
If, right now, you more time than usual to contemplate your lockdown self, consider this:
“You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling. So don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly”.
(and try not to shit on others from great heights when you get there)
A pukeko (native to New Zealand) forages in a wetland.
The long legs blend into the grass stalks but the blue and black plumage is a dead giveaway…
‘I Am The White King’
Male greylag goose sits pretty, and comes over sorta regal.
(for more avian sightings, see Squawk )
A black-backed gull tells it like it is!