Manuka, A New Zealand Native

Sketching and photographing New Zealand’s native manuka…

My previous ‘Bees’ Nature Photography Blog-Post: Contains links to New Zealand biochemist Peter Molan’s online resource – the vast amount of knowledge gained from his 30 years of research into the medicinal properties of honey, – specifically Manuka Honey, DOC NZ: Facts about NZ’s native Manuka, NZ Manuka Group: More interesting Manuka details.

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New Zealand’s Native Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio)

Sketching New Zealand’s native pukeko…

Pukeko Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Pukeko sound recordings, plus species information at this link, DOC NZ: Quick facts about NZ’s widespread wetland native pukeko.

Bush Walk, Transparent Leaf

New Zealand bush walk nature sketching…..

Historic Whangaroa, Far North New Zealand

Sketching in New Zealand’s Far North…..

Birds, New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

Sketching & zoom photography of New Zealand’s endangered Dotterel….

This protected shore bird is found in breeding pairs in coastal refuges along Northland’s Eastern sandy beaches.

More about New Zealand’s dotterel at these sites: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-Dotterel, DOC-NZ DOTTEREL (sound recording at this site), NZ BIRDS, ARKIVE-NZ DOTTEREL

Birds, Godwits in New Zealand

Sketching the Godwit….Northland, New Zealand….

Each spring thousands of godwits make the impressive direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand shores. A non-stop flight of 11,000km in about 8 days. Most depart in March, making the epic return journey North, via Eastern Asia, to their thawing Arctic breeding grounds.

Godwit Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Godwit sound recordings at this link. Plus Godwit identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, food, threats & conservation; DOC NZ: The Godwit migration; Teara NZ: Map of Godwits migration route; NZ Science Resources: Interesting information about “Godwits in flight”: flight path, flock formation, wing design, flight speed.

Birds, New Zealand Terns

Sketching the Tern….Northland, New Zealand

Interesting information about the many varieties of New Zealand coastal terns: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-TERNS and IDENTIFICATION OF NEW ZEALAND GULLS AND TERNS