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.


Continuing imagery roughs for the current Food and Nutrition Project. This time painting bananas, a good source of Vitamin B6 and potassium. Bananas not only provide a nutritional boost to baking, but also great flavour especially if very ripe.

Interesting nutritional information about the banana can be found at: ‘Dr Libby on bananas’, ‘Gone bananas’ by the Kiwi families Team, and the ‘5aday’ website.