Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Beautiful Crane Fly

Found this fellow on the boatshed door.
We have not been able to name it yet even though we often see them.

Friday, 14 September 2018


I so wish I could post the beautiful sweet Mingimingi perfume along with the photo. It is all down our roadside.

Thursday, 6 September 2018


Here is our first ever pineapple grown at The Riverbank. We now have Pineapple, Taro (Dalo), Banana, Tropical Apricot. Getting tropical in the North.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Fungi are Fun

Fungi come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, textures and colours.
This one is on our section by the bush on a twig.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wood Ear Fungi

Wood Ear Fungi (Auricularia cornea) in the Hugh Crawford DOC Reserve, Ngunguru. I like the way I can see clouds and a blue sky on the shiny surface.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Praying Mantis Eats Wasp

This South African Praying Mantis is eating a live imported wasp on our balcony. Not fond of either of these insects. The wasps destroy our Monarchs and the Praying Mantis eats everything including our native Praying Mantis.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Hugh Crawford Reserve Kiwi

Every Saturday we visit our camera at this burrow and almost every week Kiwi makes our day with a visit..
This time kiwi enters the burrow, exits then does a bit of preening before going off foraging for grubs.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Australasian Bittern

We had a lovely long visit from the Bittern on the 5th March. This video was recorded by trail camera off our boardwalk.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Never Ending Happenings at The Riverbank

Here we have an avalanche of Pukeko into the wetland pond.

And what is this rat doing! Fortyseven trips across the pond in three and a quarter hours carrying dry pampas for nest building, I assume.
These Banded Rail Chicks are old enough to fend for themselves.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Taro From Our Garden

Taro From Our Garden.
Rel nice and tender to eat. At last we don't have to go to Nasasobu to get good Dalo.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Every live thing gets its photo taken

Here we have a Solver Orb Web Spider. It was making its home by the wall of the house before being removed to the bush where it should be. Quite lovely.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Four Banded Rail Chicks in our Wetland

Four Banded Rail Chicks in our Wetland. Look closely to the right near the rushes for the fourth chicks brief view. This is taken near our Old Mill Ln boardwalk. We have previously only seen one at a time.