This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Zealand 3

Variable Oystercatchers, always present on the nearby beaches where they feed on shellfish, often in groups.

The black or black and white birds with their bright orange eyes and bills are quite photogenic.
I couldn't get enough, thus these many images.


Found a pipi!

And another one

braving the waves at Kowharewa Bay

at Ngurunguru

At first I thought the all blacks were original and the ones with white spotting were hybrids, but they all seem to be of the Variable sort. Hence the name...
with babies

resting on the grass

Now, that's enough.

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