Animal Friend of the Week: Nosy Emus

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Good morning from another very chilly start to our day here in Hastings.

When I was around 15, my family traveled to Sydney, Australia.  While there we went to the zoo.  One strong memory I have is that the emus are rather nosy and aggressive.  And this emu was certainly nosy and wanted to see what I was doing pointing a camera at it.

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And they were noisy too.  This one looks very chatty and shows off it’s beautiful plumage.

A little info:

Their diet includes chopped up vegetables and pellets, but did you know that Emu also swallow stones to aid digestion? In fact, these inquisitive birds will eat almost anything

In the wild

IUCN: Least concern

Emu are large, soft–feathered, flightless birds endemic to Australia. They’re the world’s second largest bird after the African Ostrich, and can grow up to 1.9m tall.

Did you know that males and females communicate using different sounds? Females make a booming sound, while males make a loud grunt. 

Wellington Zoo

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 for visiting.

Middleton Road: Animal Friend of the Week: Tasmanian Devil

 

Show day

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny Hastings.

Yesterday was our anniversary day, a public holiday for Hawke’s Bay.  It is also a traditional show day.  In other words the show has come to town, the A&P Show, that is.  It was a blustery day but that didn’t stop the hordes of people descending on the show ground to enjoy the stalls and animals that are on show.  On the spur of the moment my husband decided to go so I just grabbed the camera and went.  He isn’t very patient with my stopping every few minutes to take photos but we got around in about 2 hours before we had had enough.  I am not one for crowds.  I am also not keen on taking photos of people and posting them.  I have included a couple today but they were part of the show and I guess would accept photos of them posted on the internet.  I hope so anyway.

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The woodchoppers are very much a part of the traditional rural scene.  There was this soooo cute little boy in the foreground who was trying to cut up wood like his dad.  I am going to contact the paper to see if I can trace him and his family and give them the photos.  I think that they would like that.  I have one photo where he is concentrating so hard with his tongue sticking out.

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Now this is sooo much of the kiwi scene, with the number 8 wire mentality.  The young me in their black singlets, of course, have to construct a wooden gate from start to finish and then put up the fence.  Backbreaking work.

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This was so funny.  This is a machine that breaks up these bigger blocks of wood into firewood size. This man and his son were so intent on taking a photo of the machine in action that they didn’t notice what was going on around them.  I hope I am not so intense on my photos like that .

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There was colour everywhere.

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Machines of all sizes and purposes were on show as well.  At least I wasn’t the only one that was taking photos of me.  I think though that I was looking for the more different shots, not the generic isn’t that nice type of photo.

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I loved these galvanised wire animals.

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I couldn’t resist doing some photo editing.

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Finally we were treated to a majestic sunset, curtesy of the foehn winds.

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A fruitful day.

Cheers from Raewyn