Monthly Archives: January 2016

Phoenix? Heron taking off

IMG_6232We have heard about the legendary Phoenix rising and soaring out of the ashes .. This is what I thought of when this large and gorgeous bird took off ….


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Heron-in flight

The heron’s father had taught it to take off and enjoy flying as far as it could, but prepare for landing with one leg down while airborne. The heron was an obedient bird….This one flew around me when I left the car on a national highway to chase it with my camera…..according to my nike fuel plus band, I walked 2589 steps for this magnificent bird 🙂

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Beauty comes in many forms

A black duckling looked at a beautiful swan and asked its mother..”Will I grow up to look like that?”. Mother Duck sighed..she had dreaded having to answer this question as the swans around them got the most attention from passersby and other pond dwellers alike. The swans were beautiful creatures, people would feed them and pose for pictures with them, sometimes gazing at them for hours on end. The ducks fed on the food that was leftover from the food given to the swans. 

She looked at the bright-eyed duckling and said, “You will grow more beautiful day by day, your kindness and generosity will glow with a bright light, but only the special or enlightened people and animals will be able to see it. There is no universal definition of beauty. The creatures on this planet all of all hues, shapes and sizes. Some of them appeal to us, while totally different creatures appeal to others. Some are in love with the water snakes, some with the trees and plants that grow around us, and some who are short of time feel compelled to click pictures to go to another destination and  have the time to appreciate only the larger, the brighter and shinier beings. You will be the best for someone who is worthy of you one day, but you must always be special to yourself and be proud of who you are and what you do.”

As the mother was explaining this to her duckling, a group of children approached the pond and pointed to the duckling. “Look at that beautiful black colour of that little duck”, said one, while another said, “and look at the way the eye of this duck glows.”

The duckling smiled at its mother and swam away gracefully, its eye gleaming and its head held high. 

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Yellow-eyed endangered penguins…New Zealand

My sister led us to Otago Peninsula, New Zealand to watch the yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat. There are an estimated 4,000 of these penguins in the world. This penguin is native to New Zealand. We observed from afar, respecting the fact that we were supposed to keep a distance. They played, posed and stood on the rocks before disappearing from our line of sight.

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Exercising my right to exercise

I can not help exercising


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Silver gull, New Zealand

In the south of South island, New Zealand, Bluff is a seaport. It has silver gulls….unafraid of mere mortals like myself. They fly over me, walk up to me, stare at me…maybe they think I’m a statue because they came close to perching on me….

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Courtship in mid-air

A pair of birds in the air, flying in harmony, creating magic…

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Taking off –Goose

Once in a while a flock of geese , or gaggle, comes your way.  One of them is sure to be a flapper, one who wants to take off and go elsewhere, to stand out, to fly off…

The one below was making angry, loud sounds that sounded like..’How dare you? I will flap you!”…….so goose the tale  🙂

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New Zealand pigeon

In Franz Josef in New Zealand, one goes for skydiving and glacier walking, among other exciting activities. One does not expect to see a huge, brightly coloured pigeon which is unique to the country being travelled……a bonus, free view of a free bird is amazing and always welcome……It was the most beautiful pigeon I have ever seen, though we saw one in captivity later. Surprisingly, just after this, we saw a place there called ‘The plump pigeon’. !!!

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Gannetts -New Zealand

On our way to an active marine volcano in  New Zealand (white island) we got a bonus view of colonies of Gannetts. They live and breed in coastal areas. They can dive down to the surface of the water at a great speed to catch fish…..graceful, beautiful birds, that are a treat to watch.

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