feathered friends

Every morning, rain or shine, they sit on the fence and patiently wait for me
to put out some birdseed on the driveway. 

The male chafinch hops around
on the front porch rail when he's hungry.


Out in the paddocks, I hear plovers who make their nests on the flat fields
 but haven't got any photos. 
And the heron regulars have been to the water trough but the photos
didn't turn out. I did get this pair of paradise ducks taking a rest.

The kingfisher that hangs around the house gets 
pretty close, enough for photos.

The skittish starlings are building a nest in our garage, I think.

The blackbirds are really skittish, too, and fast!

And then there is the elusive hawk that I call Twitchie.
With all the time I spend trying to get photos of him, I
usually come up empty. Then I noticed him land a few paddocks over.

And most of my shots of him overhead aren't very sharp, so I 
was happy to get this one.


seashells and WATW

Hubby picked these up for me when we were at Ototoka Beach
last week. 

 I think spring may be very close and
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Look what followed me home!

I was driving home today and was surprised to see this
lovely rainbow as I drove along. It's a good thing there's not
much traffic on the backroads!

I think these are perfect shots for my 2000th post!


Some random shots

Wednesday around the World

Whatever works! This photo was taken somewhere
on a Taranaki backroad.

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Some flowers on a rainy day

With all the storms and devastation around the world, I  feel guilty
about complaining about rain every day.
So, I will share some lovely flowers to lighten my mood today.


down the beach at Ototoka

I really like all the different textures in this photo.

This lovely piece of driftwood was against the embankment in the center of the photo above.
Having a great zoom on my camera allowed me to capture it so well.

These fishermen were standing on the little peninsula
jutting out from the land to the left of center in the top photo.
The two lumps of rock/driftwood can be seen in both shots.

This fella was the farthest out on the peninsula.


Ototoka beach

Now that I've been in New Zealand for over 10 years, I like to think I know my way around Taranaki pretty well. Going through my archives (and seeing photos of others on FB), I find places that I recognize enough that I want to revisit and this beach is one of them.

Years ago, I took a photo of the kids on the bridge, but I couldn't get down the path.