Kereru – New Zealand Wood Pigeon. They’re a handsome beasty, with red eyes, beak and feet, a white breast and the head, throat and wings are a shiny green-purple colour, with a bronze tinge to the feathers. They’re endemic to New Zealand and are unfortunately a threatened species, so it’s pretty fortunate to spot one so close to town.
We have several berry-laden trees around us, and that’s a favourite thing of the Kereru. Sometimes the berries start fermenting and when the kereru eat them they get quite drunk. I saw one in the bush up a mountain once, crash-landing in a tree. They’re quite big birds, around 51 centimetres (20 in) in length and 650 grams (23 oz) in weight, and a drunken kereru throwing himself at a tree with the hope of actually stopping on a perch rather than falling off the other side is quite a sight to behold.
Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the next few days as they feast on the berries. I don’t think our berries are fermenting, but I’ll hide the keys to the car, just in case…
Yes, I’m talking about you. No drinking and driving!
Spot the tree bear.
We woke up one morning and couldn’t find Smudge anywhere. Grey hairs were almost instantly developed while running around calling her for ages and worrying ourselves silly that she was okay. Then ‘other servant’ called to my attention a creature sitting very high up in one of the tallest trees in the neighborhood. Sometime during the night, Smudge had decided that she should be a tree bear. By the time we found her though, she looked like she’d had enough of being an arboreal-type animal and wanted to come down. Read it HERE Continue reading
I’ve never been on safari myself, nor lucky enough to visit a country where you could do so. But I know a lot of people have, or will some time in the future. So please read this and spread it around as much as possible. Chances are, it hasn’t occurred to most people that they could be inadvertently helping poachers. The main points are:
- If you are taking a photo of an animal that is at risk of poaching, TURN OFF your Geotagging feature
- If you post your photo onto social media, DON’T Tell people exactly where you took it
Thank you, on behalf of all animals.
Photo courtesy of: Arno Meintjes Wildlife
Other servant gets licked, I get re-imprinted and I get to put away my HAZMAT suit.
What do you mean you need it for your washing? If you licked yourself more, your fur would not fall out and we would not be having this discussion.
Some say I’m a little hard on my friends, but I honestly wouldn’t do anything to them I wouldn’t first do to myself.
This is my friend Carol. It’s been a while since I cut her face, but she’s healing up nicely now.
She’s still talking to me.
In which we create the new Cat WC and I receive ‘The Look’ again.
The Look, Version II
Meet Rose, the ruler of my friend’s house. More photos of her HERE.
A box of firewood that complements my fur nicely…
In which I give Smudge a worming tablet and am graced with The Look.
Our third day of servitude to Smudge.
Read it HERE
Yes, she is an idiot. But she feeds me…
In which Smudge gives her servant hairbrush training and we discover advantages to her big feet.
These paws are not made for sneaking…