Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Sunrises in the Hawke’s Bay

Sunrise

Good morning from another chilly start to a Hastings day. Actually it was a beautiful start to the day.  As usual I couldn’t sit still when I saw the sky so I raced out to grab some shots.  Which means I am now running late so please excuse me if I don’t get around to your blogs this morning.  I will try later today.

Apropos sunrises.  Every Sunday I drive down to Otane to the market.  I get to see some amazing sunrises.  I have now got into the habit of taking my camera.  But I have forgotten it a few times so out with the phone. And here is what I have seen. The iPhone 6S isn’t too bad for giving a misty look in the sun.

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Just a slight touch of editing and frames with Pixlr.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography: Nature

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Animal Friend of the Week: New Zealand’s Pukako

Pukako

The pukeko is a widespread and easily recognisable bird that has benefitted greatly by the clearing of land for agriculture. In addition to its brilliant red frontal shield and deep violet breast plumage, the pukeko is interesting for having a complex social life. In many areas, pukeko live in permanent social groups and defend a shared territory that is used for both feeding and breeding. Social groups can have multiple breeding males and females, but all eggs are laid in a single nest and the group offspring are raised by all group members.

Identification

The pukeko is a large, conspicious rail found throughout New Zealand. The head, breast and throat are deep blue/violet, the back and wings are black, and the under-tail coverts are conspicuously white. The conical bright red bill is connected to a similarly coloured ‘frontal shield’ ornament covering the forehead, the eyes are also red. The legs and feet are orange, with long, slim toes. Females are smaller than males, but similarly coloured. Juveniles are similar to adults but duller, with black eyes and black bill and shield that turn to red around 3 months of age.

More information available here at NZ Birds Online.

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

Thanks to Aletta for taking part.

Nowathome: Animal Friend of the Week-Blue Crane

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