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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Anzac Day

So today in NZ it is a public holiday for Anzac so my friend and I decided to go to the bird sanctuary that is near my house to take some photos since it was a very nice sunny day. Here are some of the photos I took.

 New Zealand Tui
 This bird was probably what we saw the most, Tui's are black songbirds with two white feathers under their chins and they sing most of the day when they aren't eating what ever these tasty tasty red mystery berries are. 
 
  
They also had some native Geckos at the start of the sanctuary, never actually seen one of these in the  wild, however I saw a lot of brown ones in Australia around my Nans place.  


 
The sanctuary was actually converted from the old water reservoir, which works out well because a lot of endangered native Teal ducks stay in there as well.

This was probably the bird I enjoyed seeing the most, a New Zealand Bellbird, they puff themselves up and become almost completely round which is very adorable to see.

  

Lastly, the reserve was also part of the old gold mining area they have kept part of the mines open and you can wander in there with a torch and hardhat to explore in around 25 metres into the hill. However when my friend and I got in there we realized the roof was covered in these Wetas. These ones were about 3-5 centimetres long. I can imagine that this would quickly turn into some nightmare if they stood up in there and became completely covered in these...


34 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures...except for the last one...that's a cave I'll never explore.

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  2. astonishing photos, you have an eye for beauty :).

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  3. Those are some great birds, you chose how to spend your day well :) Don't forget the fallen who gave their lives.

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  4. happy anzac day!

    the photos are really gorgeous!
    :)

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  5. I would have ran out of there too. Those things are nasty! But the gecko is adorable!! Enjoy your holiday!

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  6. love yours pictures and this bird id adorsble,.my dogs never let me take pictures to birds sigh!

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  7. geckos are so cute, both their name and their colour and their look :)

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  8. The third picture looks very beautiful!

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  9. Yeah I would have got out of there too, nasty! Some great shots though, looks like a fun trip

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  10. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I'm jealous of where you live... it's very boring in KS. We have some places that are quaint, but nothing this beautiful.

    I have to visit NZ sometime! It's now on my bucket list.

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  11. those are awesome photos! I'd love to be there..

    if only...T_T

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  12. You spent a gorgeous day, but these weta... scaring me XD jaja!
    Hugs.

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  13. Bardzo przyjemnie się ogląda Twoje zdjęcia. Nie chciała bym też, żeby robactwo z ostatniego zdjęcia na mnie weszło.Pozdrawiam.
    Very pleasant to watch your photos. I also did not want to bugs in the last picture came to me. Yours.

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  14. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!
    Fantastic and beautiful pictures!

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  15. Thanks for the link on the wetas - I had no idea what they were. What a nightmarish thought, to be covered with these. Lovely photos - such a beautiful spot in which to appreciate nature.

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  16. Thats a very beautiful place! Your lucky to live in New Zealand!

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  17. I tried to count the geckos, but to find some green animals on a green background is pretty hard. But I counted 7.
    The wetas look realy nasty.

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  18. We have those same crickets around where I like I call them sprickets

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  19. Monster crickets. Pretty creepy.

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  20. i loved all the geckos gathered together! :)

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  21. At first I thought it was a fairly nice place to be and then I saw the Wetas.

    Nope.

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  22. Beautiful scenery and animals but not the Wetas!!!!!

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  23. Awesome pictures. I especially like the geckos.

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  24. Awesome posts and pictures! You're lucky to have remembered to bring a camera along for your trip, really nice shots and awesome animals

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  25. wow, seems like a really nice place to visit

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  26. Awesome update. And also, great photos sir

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  27. Hello! Very beautiful place and beautiful photos!

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  28. Learnt so much from this post! Beautiful pictures you've taken. I wish I had something as inspiring here in Manchester, instead we have rain, concrete and litter :/

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  29. Cool pictures!
    Hugs from New York,
    xx
    Ask Erena
    http://askerena.blogspot.com/

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  30. Wow, gorgeous nature pics!! The geckos are really hard to find in the picture..Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog
    NY Style Examiner

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  31. Those are amazing photos! Especially the bird ones. It's so hard to get good shots of birds.

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