Kingfisher

Photographing New Zealand’s native Kingfisher (Sacred Kingfsher/Kotare)

To a previous Post, rough sketching the Kingfisher:New Zealand’s Kingfisher’.

The NZ Birds Online website perfectly describes the kingfisher as a “….hunched silhouette waiting patiently on a powerline or other elevated perch….” eyeing its prey (mice, lizards, insects, spiders….) which it can spy from 100 meters away.

Information on diet, habitat, breeding & behavior along with Kingfisher sound recordings can be found at NZ Birds Online.  NZ’s Department of Conservation website (DOC) is also interesting.

Quail

The small stocky top-knotted California quail were introduced to New Zealand as game birds in the 1860s.

This male California quail with his striking face, and notable plume was foraging for seeds and leaves among the shrubs of Whangarei’s Quarry Arts gardens.

NZ Birds Online is a good source of further information.