More from our travels through New Zealand, November 2019.
One of the first things I noticed when I stepped out of the car at our accommodation in Wanaka, was the birdsong, beautiful melodious birdsong.
Tom told me ‘This is nothing, wait till we get to Fiordland’.
I’m going to like this place I thought. I’d better buy a bird book. So the next morning I tracked down the book shop and bought myself a copy of The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. A weighty tome. Later with a glass of nicely chilled Sauvignon Blanc I started my studies, I opened the page at cuckoo, good place to start, I know what a cuckoo looks like, only to find that there a possible six species of cuckoo in New Zealand, two endemic and four vagrant. Humm, this is going to be a bigger job than I realised.
So at that moment I decided that trying to identify different species, or even attempting to photograph them, was missing the point, much better, I thought, to simply enjoy.
And wherever you are in the world, garrulous gulls are always going to pitch up, if only to see what is in your pack-up.
So be it a little bird
a big bird
a wading bird
a pair of squabbling birds
or a bird enhancing a photo composition.
Every bird is a joy.