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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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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Rose ringed parakeet

The best shade of green belongs to the parakeet or parrot. Add to it the blue tinge of the tail and a red beak and red ring around the neck…the combination is beyond beautiful. The parakeet can mimic human speech and ever since I saw one speaking like a human, I have been hooked to these glorious birds….

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