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#958956 - Wed Jan 02 2013 10:37 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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It's.....Precious'whiskers! I would know them anywhere.
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#958958 - Wed Jan 02 2013 11:16 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Of course you are correct! smile

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#959000 - Thu Jan 03 2013 04:18 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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I talked myself into it, one more bird photo from Timaru...I am sure these pukekos will not mind being in the spotlight,


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#959109 - Thu Jan 03 2013 05:31 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Thanks for the lovely comments, Jakeroo!

Love the whiskers shot, Liz!

Some birds from me, too. Mr Percival and his mates.


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#959111 - Thu Jan 03 2013 05:41 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I like those Howie. The heads remind me of geese - are they a water bird?

One of my close neighbours keeps chickens, and here is one


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#959121 - Thu Jan 03 2013 06:25 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Pukekos are also known as swamp hens so live by water, they can fly short distances but not their preferred method of moving as they are quite awkward fliers. I know this as I was out cycling one day and distubed one by the side of the road and it took off and flew, just about knocking me off the bike. Landed in the paddock on the other side of the road...lol

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#959124 - Thu Jan 03 2013 06:55 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Howie, your birds look very similar to an Australian Dusky Moorhen, a fairly common water bird over here.
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#959128 - Thu Jan 03 2013 07:19 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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They're all coots. I love coots. Feisty little birds, verging on aquatic bullies - as long as the other bird is smaller, weaker, and easy to confuse. wink
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#959153 - Thu Jan 03 2013 11:22 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Lovely bird pictures, bullies or not smile

Silly me went for a walk in the snow today. It wasn't too bad underfoot, but it was cold. Needless to say, there were no kiddies playing on this swing set!


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#959241 - Fri Jan 04 2013 11:01 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: spanishliz]
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I don't envy the cold but it's so pretty.

It's quite mild here at the moment, I even felt the warmth of the sun today; what little there was of it made the dead hydrangea flowers glow.



MotherGoose, yes, looked like snow to me too, that's why I took the photo, jealous of the snow photos in these threads.

The plant is cotoneaster (horizontalis, I think), very common around these parts, and the berries are not edible, Jake, unless you're a bird (in which case they are irresistible) smilee . It's a friend's garden and before Christmas the garden was full of snowberries like snowballs, and these red berries, and looked very striking. By the time I went back with my camera this month, the snowberries were rotting brown and the cotoneaster berries had been fully harvested by hungry birds leaving just the odd one here and there. It wasn't the photo I'd been expecting to take.

More about Cotoneaster: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3307039/How-to-grow-Cotoneaster-horizontalis.html

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#959304 - Fri Jan 04 2013 07:14 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Chavs]
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We have Cotoneaster here too but I didn't recognise it from your picture. I'm not very good with plants and am not much of a gardener.
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#959311 - Fri Jan 04 2013 07:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: MotherGoose]
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Quote:
I don't envy the cold but it's so pretty.


We could do with some cold right now, even though I don't like the cold. We've just had a heatwave, the fiercest one in 80 years. It reached 108 degrees F outside - thank goodness for airconditioning.
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#959337 - Fri Jan 04 2013 11:16 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Your heatwave has reached across the country, MG. The official temp here is 47* today but the gague on our verandah has gone over fifty. shocked Our normally pet free house has one very grateful dog laying under the airconditioner.

Some swans taking off.


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#959354 - Sat Jan 05 2013 12:08 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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lovely photo of the sunlight shining through what looks like a "paper" flower Chavs. And thanks for the id of your plant. We have cotoneasters here too, but the berries are never red - well, at least not the ones that will survive our winters lol. Instead, they are quite a dark purple. Had some along the front of our driveway which made a sort of "fence" (they're good for hedge material as they grow fast and thick) but after 8 years of drought they finally succumbed to blight and we dug them out (but yes, the birds liked them, but then so did a whole bunch of worm type pests who liked the leaves lol). Due to my laptop crash, I've lost all my pictures, but I promise to take some nanking pics this spring and show you how similar they look : )

LOL on coots Flopsy. The ones we have here aren't as colourful as Howie's, but they're particularly funny when they are swimming - "stretching" their short necks out with every paddle. Odd things. Perhaps that's why I like them ~

Lovely swan pic Copago. I've never seen so many in a group. Snow geese? Yup, thousands. Swans, sadly no.

I'd send you all some cold weather, but it hasn't been lower than minus 6 here for several days, so not sure that would help the ridiculous temps you've been having!!
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#959367 - Sat Jan 05 2013 03:42 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Jakeroo]
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Three more from the Otipua Creek area and then back to Wales. First up is the common coppertail butterfly.


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#959377 - Sat Jan 05 2013 07:53 AM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Howie72]
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I'm going to have to get out and get some bird photos. I'm feeling left out! laugh Seriously though, great photos of all the birds.

Liz, even though I can't handle cold very well, I've always loved walking in it. All sounds seem muffled and it's so peaceful.

Chavs, lovely hydrangea photo!

Howie, I love getting butterfly photos. I remember once chasing one down for about a half hour trying to get off a decent shot.

This was originally a Presbyterian Church built in 1927. Currently, it is Heritage Hall, our local museum.


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#959419 - Sat Jan 05 2013 12:28 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Susie giving in and posing for a photo whilst actually waiting for me to get her dinner for her.


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#959441 - Sat Jan 05 2013 03:01 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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She is a beautiful dog! I love sheperds.

The lake .. again.


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#959451 - Sat Jan 05 2013 04:57 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: Copago]
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Lovely. Should be called Lake Placid! smile

Those are all beautiful photographs. And I am not just saying that because Christina's lovely dog has hypnotised me with canine laser beams laugh.



Ivy flower in front of yesterday's sunset sky.

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#959452 - Sat Jan 05 2013 05:09 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Gorgeous photo Chavs.

Yes, she does have hypnotic eyes. If she wants something she just comes and stares at you until you get up to see what it is.

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#959465 - Sat Jan 05 2013 08:10 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Ditto on the gorgeous photo, Chavs.

And Susie is just beautiful!
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#959559 - Sun Jan 06 2013 06:32 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Well, here was a bit of excitement to get us away from lake photos smile
This grass fire was on the neighbour's place last night and started from an electrical storm. Took all night to get it out and we all watched a pretty good sunrise this morning on the way home ... which you'll see tomorrow smile


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#959563 - Sun Jan 06 2013 07:07 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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I don't think I have a fisheye function, I don't know if that needs an SLR and swap the lens but as it only has pdf style instructions it's been trying something when I need it till now and don't know if it has a wide angle beyond 28mm equivalent or so. I'll look it up now in case.

The first photos for 2013 are now here, I've been saving it up for a longer run than trying to find anything new locally, this is the A20 flyover in Bexley.

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#959586 - Sun Jan 06 2013 10:30 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Jill, that is an amazing photo, well so are all the others so far this month.(and so diverse).
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#959591 - Sun Jan 06 2013 11:44 PM Re: Happy January 2013! [Re: ren33]
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Something is not quite right about this photo but I cannot figure it out - row row row your boat, gently along the bank...


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