Piwakawakas, Seals and Sunsets

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Andyph
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Piwakawakas, Seals and Sunsets

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These birds are a NZ native called a Piwakawaka (fantail) both the coloured first one and the dark one.
The joy for me is that I am planting 3 acres into native bush and these birds are some of the first locals back


ImageIMG_8642 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImagePiawakawaka - fantail by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImagePiawakawaka! by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8686 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8246 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8214 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8234 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8239 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8232 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

and a lenticular sunset (mountain wave)

ImageLenticular Sunset by Andy Heap, on Flickr

Imagesunset by Andy Heap, on Flickr

FarnboroJohn
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Terrific stuff! What are the seals - I can see they are fur seals but I don't know what the NZ species is called.

Andyph
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Thanks John,

They are.... NZ Fur seals :)

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GeorgeP
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Cute little Fantails. Are they different species of Fantail or same species, different colour morphs? Incredible feather detail and lovely light on all of them. :thumbsup:

Now for the most important question: Do they occur anywhere near Picton/Blenheim? I'd like to photograph them if we make it over for the airshow.
Cheers,

George

Melbourne, Australia.

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Andyph
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Hi George,

Cheers Mate

I think the Black ones are a sub species of the coloured one.

Yes you have a fair chance of seeing them in the bush - try some of the walks in the Marlborogh Sounds (near Picton) - I can suggest some places to visit if you let me know how long you have

Fantails seem very friendly and will come very close - they are actually feeding off the insects you disturb - so if there are any in the area you will get a good close look.

Hard to photograph as they are fast !

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a few more as I take the camera with me when I'm planting.

you can't see it - but I'm thinking "stay still you bugger" as they are super active!

ImageIMG_8897 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8912 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8894 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_8879 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

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Crikey these are good Andy!
A pleasure to see.
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151934326@N08/albums

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Another outstanding set, Andy. That dark sub-species of the GF is gorgeous!
Cheers,

George

Melbourne, Australia.

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Andyph
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Thanks George!

He has been helping me this Arvo!

A couple of wood pigeons - they have no fear - amazing they are not extinct

ImageIMG_9244 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0932 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

and a Silvereye this evening

ImageIMG_9596 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

FarnboroJohn
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Lawks. When I read wood pigeons I expected introduced fat European greyness - your woodies are amazing!

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Cheers John - Yes they are awesome - just getting into the season for them here as we head for spring .

more today with Tweeter:

ImageIMG_9920 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

ImageIMG_9933 by Andy Heap, on Flickr

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