Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A native hornbill has been sighted quite sometime ago in Nanyang Terrace. It was also sighted in Nanyang Heights.
Yesterday it came to Nanyang View, to eat palm seeds from the palm tree outside my kitchen window. My daughter took these photos
It goes by the sound GEK GEK GEK. If you hear this, you will be treated to a delighted sight of this majestic bird. It's wing span must have been four feet. Sometimes it perches on TV aerials.
This was posted to Nanyang Connect and the Staff Digest did an interview with me.
I went to Whatipu Scientific Reserve. I didn't see any endangered birds, but I saw some White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata). They were nesting and I saw some chicks. The birds were very protective of their young and at one stage, I thought a mum was attacking me.
The commonest Tern in New Zealand, present throughout the year, although a large proportion of young birds appear to migrate to Australia. In breeding adults the bill is black, feet reddish black. Body plumage, including tail, pure white, wings pearly grey above. Young birds in first plumage have variable mottling on the shoulders and a mottled pattern of black and white on the crown behind the eye. In wintering adults the black cap recedes with the replacement by white feathers, producing the same general appearance as in the young.
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In 1978, I used to spend my lunch time during the warmer months in Albert Park. The students of Auckland University were and still are very lucky to have a beauitful park adjacent to the campus. They frequently change the flowers in the clock.
We took our wedding photos near by. So you can imagine why this is another of my favourite place of Auckland.
This park has an important history. Please click on link if you are interested.
When we took the kids back there in 2000, the hands of the clock were gone. A victim of vandalism.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
I enjoyed myself and my audience had fun, listening to a talk peppered with my Quang Ning dialect which they could understand.