Two feral ducks were resting in the sun at an urban pond. I came along and they clearly weren't sure what to make of me and the camera. I didn't have the food they were expecting.
The adult pukeko at right seemed to be taking care of both the hatchling balanced on the branch, plus the early season immature bird in the water below it. Pukekos sometimes nest in family groups with all members participating in the care of young. They can breed year round, so the late-season hatchling is not unusual, and the two may not even be biological siblings.
Miomantis caffra is well established in New Zealand, displacing our native mantis. When I found this male inside the house I put it outside on a lotus leaf. It couldn't get a grip on the surface of the lotus leaf so I moved it to the tomato plant instead.
My intention with this page is to highlight one photo from each outing and tell its story in a couple of sentences. The subjects will vary - it will be whatever caught my eye or was most special on that day.