every spring i’m excited for the return of the pīpīwharauroa // shining cuckoo. their distinctive melody is a harbinger for the Māori indicating that spring has come and it’s time to plant the kumara // sweet potato. i hear the call of these birds every year at our place, as they come and lay […]
tauhou // silvereye (waxeye) • we get loads of these little birds bouncing around in the trees and foraging for food in our garden
the tui, another nz native, also known as the parson bird because of the white tuft at its throat.
historically found mostly on the outer islands of nz, due to predation, we’re so happy to see that kaka (one of our native parrots) have also been making waiheke island their home over the past few years. these big beautiful parrots are noisy and sociable + we very often hear them, warbling to themselves (or […]
we often have a few kererū (nz native pigeons) flying around our place. +++ recently, when i was sitting right here where i’m writing now, i looked out the window and spotted one staggering around on the lawn. that’s very unusual behaviour for these birds, so i followed it around the house to find it […]