Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Weta has found a new home and moved into the Weta House where she has started chewing holes in the manuka log.

Mingimingi has buds and we can smell its beautiful sweet smell in the warm.
Our little Toropapa is still flowering. Fantastic. It will be nice by our boardwalk.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Beware of Fantails!

They will waste your time, win your heart, and you will talk to them. However they will make you laugh and work with a smile, and brighten up the dullest winter day.
Long live Fantails.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Weta House

A few weeks ago I built a Weta House. I found this large Manuka log, cut about a 500mm length from it then cut it in half lengthways. After that I routered and drilled the interior with tunnels to the outside, added hinges so the front can swing open to view the Weta behind glass. I looked today and one large one was sitting in one of the entrance holes. Fantastic.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bathing birds
In all my days I have not had the privilege of watching a fantail bath at a bird bath. Now twice I have watched the antics and it certainly is not a frequent occasion. Our bird bath has been used mostly by silver eyes and I reckon there must be a about six birds in there at a time and fantail has been on the edge getting the splashes. Other humans have only seen fantail more or less dipping their tails in the water.
I think the answer to this is that the water is mostly too deep for fantail and I have only seen them when the bath is mostly empty, they are after all quite small birds and a bath to suit bigger birds will not suit them. I only wish I could have got a photo but the camera battery was flat :-(

Collecting food at Rattys Landing is getting a tad nerve wracking. Twice now when collecting rhubarb I have disturbed a large WETA and it gives me quite a fright and this last one also got a fright and jumped out in my direction. Thank goodness I did not react too instantly and it did not come to harm from me. I cannot hold them when they are big and don't  like the idea one bit.

Oh yes this will make one smile, they are a good incentive to stop one drinking, one got into the house and was nicely settled on the neck of a bottle of wine in the downstairs cupboard. It quite stopped me in my reach, for that bottle anyway :-)