I love these iconic little birds with their burglar stare…
Fairly recent arrivals, but self-introduced, this wee bird was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832, and its Maori name, tauhou, means ‘stranger’ or ‘new arrival’. It is also known by wax-eye, silver-eye and white-eye, but its scientific name is the much more prosaic Zosterops lateralis.
Poetry day here in New Zealand yesterday, and last night we went to a reading by Bill Manhire and Glen Colquhoun, fundraising for a statue of one of our local New Zealand poets, James K Baxter. Packed-out venue and totally enjoyable.
One of James K Baxter’s poems that I have always loved:
HIGH COUNTRY WEATHER
Alone we are born and die alone: Yet see the red-gold cirrus Over snow-mountain shine.
Upon the upland road Ride easy, stranger: Surrender to the sky Your heart of anger.
…and an ever loyal Rod reading my poetry book outside Paige’s bookshop.