Yellow Ducklings at llam Gardens
On a visit to the Ilam Gardens today, I came across these wee cuties. I suddenly forgot all about photographing blossoms and daffodils. I did a short video of the ducklings as well to capture maximum cuteness.
Black Swan by Oxford Terrace
A reasonably friendly black swan has taken up residence by the Terraces. I wouldn’t get too close though – they can be pretty aggressive if they want too. Still, it adds a certain extra bit of style and grace to this strip of Avon River.
Spring Lambs in Heathcote
It’s that time of year again! I never tire of watching them jump around the paddock, they are just so delighted about being alive.
Tiny pony in Ferrymead Park
This pony was very curious when I went over to the fence to take a photo. It has some regular sized horses as paddock mates which emphasises just how small it is.
A Bunny, a Bird, a Bee and some Blossom
I was walking through the Family Recovery Garden on Manchester Street (opposite the Margaret Mahy Playground) when this bunny came hopping towards me. I had heard there was a tame rabbit in the area but hadn’t given any thought to trying to find it or photograph it (or going on a ‘wild bunny chase’), so…
Kereru in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
I went to the Botanic Gardens today with the intention of photographing the early spring flowers. So I never expected to come home with this shot… but that’s the fun of photography, sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. I had no idea the Kereru was even in the tree…
Monarch Butterflies in Woodham Park
As they do every year, the Monarch Butterflies are now living in large clusters in our local parks. My photo from today is from Woodham Park on Woodham road – where the butterflies cluster in the large Gingko biloba (Maidenhair Tree) that’s not far from the playground. Here’s a short video I captured as well.
Waxeyes feeding from my bird feeder
I’ve recently started feeding the local birds and noticed they had cleared out the feeder of the wild bird seed. So I propped up some old molenburg bread we had and was amazed to find this many waxeyes all over the feeder. They were clearly loving it. They also love fat balls and apples.
Return of the kotuku
Every year around late April a lone kotuku returns to the section of water that runs along the top of Linwood Avenue.
The Bee and the Monarch
I was intent on photographing this Monarch butterfly in my garden this morning when a bee dropped in to explore the same flower. The garden is full of butterflies and bees which is a great sign.
This Muscovy duck was hanging out near the Nikau Bakery (opposite The Tannery). You can learn more about Muscovy Ducks at nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/muscovy-duck
Feeding time at the zoo
If we are not fast enough in bringing out the Magpie food, they get a little impatient. They start singing at us, or the baby Magpie in the picture has become rather brave and has decided he’ll just come inside and help himself! The door was closed today, so he was thwarted in his attempts…