I am probably starting to be known around the neighborhood as the mad camera woman…

…as I strive to capture these camera-shy tui in the Kowhai trees.

Rod says he sees them flying out of the trees the minute they spot me.

I have planted a Kowhai tree in our back yard, but I don’t know if I’ve got enough years left to wait for it to grow.  Maybe I just need a better zoom!


We were briefly down at Victoria Lake the other day, and the cherry trees in the winter garden were full of tuis.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my zoom lens so couldn’t get any shots worth having.  I went down there again today but the cherry blossom was mostly over and the tuis had taken to the tops of the gum trees that were flowering.  I have put a note in my diary for next year to get there earlier!  The gums did look lovely though so not all was lost.

in the gums
parson birds


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.

small strangers
gate-crashing the ball