Thursday, 18 May 2017

A few New Zealand birds

I thought I would share some photos taken over the years of some of our native birds. I have written the Maori name for them first followed by the English version. Usually they are known by the Maori name. If you would like to know a little about the birds just click on the name and it should take you to a link. Some of these birds have the most beautiful and colourful plumage which is not possible to see unless you get really close up or see them in flight. Some are flightless and others are beautiful songbirds. Some are pesky thieves and will strip the rubber from around the windscreen of your car before you know it. And then come back for the wipers!
 Happy bird watching :)

Weka or Wood hen

Pukeko or Swamp hen

Tui or Parson bird

If you were hoping to see a Kiwi I'm sorry. I have only ever seen one in my life and that was in captivity. I've never seen one in the wild, I don't think many people have, sightings are rare.

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  1. Great photos, Diana! Except for a few well known ones, I don't know one bird from another and I want to learn. I can tell that the bird song here in Tennessee is much different than in Florida so that tells me that they have totally different birds here.

  2. I imagine New Zealand as an island oasis in the middle of an ordinary world. All your photos look like...a restful sigh! :)

  3. Great photos... never saw any pictures of these birds.. thanks for sharing the great pictures..

  4. What lovely photos of the birds. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Diana, your birds are so unique. They are such cheerful fellows. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, Diana. I was sitting by our pond the other day fumbling with my camera trying to get a photo of a beautiful hawk circling over the pond with the sunshine glowing through his wings, but alas, I did not. I appreciate seeing the good photos you shared and the interesting bird breeds that you have sighted around you. Happy Weekend!

  7. Such a wonderful post today.
    I really enjoy looking at the birds and animals of all the great blogs I follow.
    Your birds are so very different than the ones we have.

    cheers, parsnip

  8. Hello Diana. I've enjoyed seeing your photos of your native birds so different from our own. It's interesting to see how many varieties there are. Some of them look shyer than others! I like the ones with long legs stalking around. The parrot is beautiful, but looks as if it has quite a bite with that hooked beak. Thank you for sharing.

  9. It's fascinating to see the different birds - your wood pigeon looks a lot like ours (in Ireland/UK) only yours has brighter colours.
    I love the idea that they'll come and steal the rubber from around the window!!
    Fil’s Place

  10. Good to see your bird photos, fascinating about the car rubber. Thankfully we don't have to contend with that in the UK only the wretched bird droppings - ALL over my car. We've had the trees pruned back a lot but couldn't have 2 of them chopped down due to TPO. These 2 are at the end of the driveway and 1 overhangs the car.
    They are sycamore trees, weeds with sticky sap, fluffy flower buds that get trodden in the car and house, and total leaf fall in the autumn. A total menace - but the birds love them. Still praise God we were allowed to have them cut back a lot and the 2 others nearer the house removed. Cathy x

  11. The pukeko looks a lot like our moorhen,but the rest are very different from what we have flying around in the UK. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

  12. Enjoyed seeing all the different birds! That parrot on the car really gives a good perspective on its size, is that the one that takes the rubber from the cars? Super interesting post.

    1. Yes the kea is the one who takes the rubber - and whatever else he can filch :) But the colours on the underneath of his wings (bright orange) and on the wings when flying (blues, and other bright colours) are wonderful so you can almost forgive them for wrecking your car, lol.

  13. Great to see all these different birds no doubt with fantastic calls. My trip to Australia recently really highlighted all the differences in the birds to the UK.

  14. That is interesting about having only seen a kiwi in captivity, Diana. We Yanks think they must be everywhere over there. One of my favorite things about our country home is identifying the birds I see there.

  15. Wow your wood pigeon puts the european version to shame! The parrot looks great too, although having recently been bitten by one I wouldn't get too close haha


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