Pied shags usually eat live fish, but this one took advantage of some fresh fish waste at a boat ramp.
Native to Australia, rainbow (plague) skinks are now widespread in the upper North Island. Smaller than our native species, they lay eggs and are considered a pest. They show an iridescent sheen in bright light and the single diamond shape on the top of the head is diagnostic. This one was in a semi-urban garden.
We enjoy the clump of cosmos for the beauty of the flowers, and also watch the goldfinches that come when it sets seed.
Another of the 3 frogs that have appeared recently - also a Green and Golden Bell Frog. This one has taken up residence in a bromeliad cup where is sits sunning itself most afternoons.
We have had 3 Green and Golden Bell Frogs turn up in the pond. The cat fence around it keeps them safe if they stay there. In this photo the frog is eating its own recently shed skin.
Nests near the vegetable garden are left alone as the wasps help with pest control. This one was on a rose bush - not where we want them to be.
This page highlights one photo from each outing. The subjects will vary - it will be whatever caught my eye or was most special on that day.