A disappointing start

The Wairau Lagoons, just outside of Blenheim were to be our first port of call on our latest trip south this Christmas. We were there to find and photograph the Glossy Ibis, of which we saw only one, but it was seen at a great distance away. However, what we did see up close was heartbreaking.

An hour out from dark, cats started to make an appearance. Not just one or two but perhaps as many as half a dozen were seen as we walked back to the car.

A cute kitten, but disastrous to bird life and lizards.

The kitten above, may look cute pouncing on a feather, but this kitten will grow into a bird killing machine. Something that has no positive contribution to the wildlife out on the Wairau Lagoons.

This adult may have been seen twice by us even though it was hunting in the opposite direction.

Where did these cats come from, how did they get there? Who knows …but they are there and there in numbers.

This may have been a bit of a disappointment, but it certainly did not set the stage for the rest of our 3 weeks in the South Island.

The next stage of our trip was to be an overland trip through the Molesworth Station, a red line on the map (never been there before) for both Steve and myself.

Wild Roses were flowering the entire length of the 2-day trip through the farm bringing soft colours to the green landscape.

Moggy needs to eat, no one can hold that against the cat itself, but this is no place for a Bird Killing feline.

It was great to see a good sized breeding colony of kōtuku ngutupapa or Royal Spoonbill at the Wairau Lagoons on our trip south this Christmas. I call them Goony Birds as they can act like real clowns at times.


Next up will be Molesworth and our quest for the Black-fronted Tern.

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Boney’s Christmas post 2018

Another year has flown past or at least some of it has flown past.
The winter months of this year saw me locked away in my man cave, hunched over a keyboard, processing some 2,000 + images and uploading them to my new image gallery.
This year has been a huge success for me photographically.
I got first class images, of a number of birds that I have wanted for more than a few years.


I want to thank all the people who have made my Facebook Group New Zealand bird image share so successful. We have a wonderful group of people and a membership of over 1500 people now and still growing strongly. But numbers mean nothing compared to the quality of the members that contribute, not only with their images but with their sense of humour and community spirit.

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