The start of this is shaky, as I tried to get more comfortable, if that was possible, at ground level, on the edge of the lawn and the concrete edging. He was not fazed at all, and sang away as he tried to get his Mum or Dad to listen. Shortly afterwards, he flew, or fluttered his wings and managed to find his way to a patch of blackberry bush on the other side of the stream.I guess he found Mum, as the chirping stopped. I was so glad, as I am not quite ready to foster a baby bird right now!!!
The cabbage tree flowers and berries are a great source of food for many birds, and the creamy tufts shake and wobble as the birds settle in, find their tucker, and fly away.
I have always thought this is the flower of a Clematis Climber, but after searching for it in a huge New Zealand Gardening Book, am not sure. Any identification will be very thankfully appreciated.
I have just heard that Mt Tongariro erupted briefly this afternoon, no known casualties according to the news, a 2 km plume of ash and cloud, photos and videos on the news and internet. We are a good distance away, 2 groups of school pupils are all safely off the Mountain, no doubt full of a story about “ We were close- by when it happened!!!”
Quotation of the day, unknown author
“Nobody trips over mountains.
It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.
Pass all the pebbles in your path,
and you will find you have crossed the mountain”
Greetings from Jean