November 30, 2009

I love birding


I love birding
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
A day in New Zealand. Generally the weather wasn't bad while we were on vacation, we only had one day that was rained out and this was it.
Anne wasn't enjoying herself and the birding was poor. One out of 29 isn't too bad.
This was at Miranda in New Zealand looking for shore birds.

November 20, 2009

Wandering albatross


Wandering albatross
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
The largest wing span of any bird according to our field guided.
The one in the water is also a wandering albatross.

Seen on a pelagic cruise off New Zealand

November 19, 2009

Mollymock


Mollymock
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Does he remind you of Mr. Burns on the Simpsons?

We were on a pelagic trip, fancy name for going out to sea in a small boat to look at birds, and this is one of fmany species we saw.

It is in the albatross family. A very large bird.

November 15, 2009

Pukeko in the flowers


Pukeko in the flowers
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
Monday Nov 16 at 3.31pm here, probably still Sunday back home.

Back in Auckland after a great trip to the south island.

This pukeko was feeding in a field next to the road.

November 04, 2009

Tui


Tui
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
An endemic bird to New Zealand.
We fhad to climb what seemed to be a mountain to see this bird. Considering Anne's bad ankle and my bad knees it was an effort, but worth while.

Bit of an attitude

November 03, 2009

Australian gannet


Australian gannet
Originally uploaded by ricmcarthur
We went to a gannett colony Tuesday and it was excellent. Good pathes, stairs and decks get you close without disturbing the birds.
Amazing how large they are.

Luggage finaly caught up with us.

On the flight over I kept humming John Foggerty's song Put Me In Coach (I can play centre field)

Why would I want to go from Bussiness class to coach?