Every time we visit the rock pools at Taylor's Mistake we find species that we haven't seen before. Here is some of what we saw on this occasion - in approximate order of size, from smallest to largest: Isopods Sea slater These sea slaters are less than 1 cm long. This one appeared to be feeding... Continue Reading →
We had another enjoyable trip to the Waimakariri River, and finally managed to be there on a warm sunny day (27 Nov 2017). We spent less time looking for aquatic species, and more on the terrestrial creatures that are active on sunny days. Beetles One of the showiest critters we saw on this occasion were... Continue Reading →
There were so many awesome critters in the water today, but I managed to find some winged beasts to photograph. Especially fun to watch was a pair of welcome swallows and their babies in the nest. After some scolding, the mum returned to the nest while dad kept an eye on me.
Today we saw lots of black-fronted terns nesting, so we took extra care to try not to disturb them too much. I even saw a group of terns chasing and harassing a white-faced heron! Unfortunately they flew so quickly that only one of the pictures from that event turned out. It was very funny to... Continue Reading →
Jollies Bush is a small (1.1 ha) remnant of native forest on the Port Hills. There was an impressive variety of ferns under the trees, and also a native orchid. Below is some of what we saw. Plants Greenhood orchid New Zealand has more than 160 native orchids - you can see most of them... Continue Reading →
Here is that sequence of pictures that goes with the black-fronted tern carrying off the eel. Apparently there was quite a squabble over who was going to get the eel!
We had a lovely view of Taylor's Mistake from Jollie's Bush Reserve. There were lots of birds to be seen, as well.
Mid-November we re-visited a site on the Waimakariri River, that we had enjoyed in winter - to see if it would be very different in late spring. Our starting point was the end of Weedons Ross Rd. A highlight was seeing several of the endangered bird species that make their home on braided rivers. SP has posted... Continue Reading →
In October (2017) we made the most of a warm sunny day to visit a small pond on the Port Hills. We had nets for catching creatures in the water, and also for those flying about. The highlights of this trip were dragonflies, damselflies and tadpoles. Dragonflies & damselflies Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related,... Continue Reading →