Wonderful birds of NZ

I have seen so many wonderful birds in New Zealand in my first few days here: Australasian harriers, kingfishers, three different species of shearwater, storm petrels walking on the water, a couple of blue penguins out at sea,  and yesterday my first fantail. I haven’t managed to capture all of them on camera (harriers and kingfisher seen whilst driving!) but here are a few of those that I have. 

Fluttering shearwater
Storm petrel, or JC bird’ walking on water!
Pukeko
Pukeko (purple swamp hen) & chick
Weka
Hmm. Is this a young dunnock? If not, then what?
Spur-winged plover
Australasian black backed gull
Pied shag roosting
Australasian gannet
Blue penguin
Pied shag
Pied oystercatcher
Pied oystercatchers
Variable oystercatcher
Red billed gull
Myna bird

Fired up… ready to go!

“She knows not where she’s going
For the ocean will decide
It’s not the destination
… it’s the glory of the ride.”  (words from Zen Dog, thanks Nilufar!)

I got a brilliant card (below) from a sweet and very ‘lovly’ 6 year old little friend … I just love all the hues of blue & aquamarine she’s used for the sea & islands.  It’s now installed as the very appropriate screen saver for my round the world adventure …

So that’s me off to Heathrow today, crossing a new threshold… and off on an explorer’s journey. See you on the other side!

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